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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Monday, May 22, 2017
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Today’s scripture reading:
When you feel all of life crushing you and you cannot go another step, remember that you can call upon God to renew your strength. Waiting on the Lord is the patient expectation that He will fulfill His promises in His Word and strengthen us to rise above life’s difficulties. It means to completely trust in God. (NLT)
Isaiah 40:27-31 – O Israel, how can you say the Lord does not see your troubles? How can you say God refuses to hear your case? Have you never heard or understood? Don’t you know that the Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of all he earth? He never grows faint or weary. No one can measure the depths of his understanding. He gives power to those who are tired and worn out; he offers strength to the weak. Even youths will become exhausted, and young men will give up. But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will fly high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.
The Lord waits to be gracious to you. –Isiah 30:18 (NRSV)
Lois M. Baker (Arkansas) titled her story “A TIME TO WAIT;” here is a portion of Lois’ story:
“As I worried recently about the results of medical tests, I thought of all the occasions in my life that have required waiting. . . . I often felt impatient and anxious knowing that I was not in control of the situation or its outcome. Even waiting for a happy occasion such as a wedding or vacation can include anxious moments.
“By reading scripture like the verse quoted above, I have learned that God understands our frustration with waiting. Today’s reading encourages us to be patient and wait for God. I now realize that God is always present, even when we are waiting and uncertain about the results of our wait. We can pray as we are ‘still before the LORD and [waiting] patiently for him” (Ps. 37:7). This kind of waiting can replace our anxiety with peace.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – God waits with me.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for your guidance and strength in times of uncertainty. Teach us to be patient and peaceful as we rest in our word. Amen.
Prayer Focus: SOMEONE ANXIOUSLY WAITING
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