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DAILY DEVOTIONAL – Tuesday, September 24, 2019
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Today’s scripture reading:
[Wait upon Him because He hears.]
Micah showed great faith in God both personally and on Israel’s behalf as he proclaimed that (1) he would wait upon God because God hears and saves when help is needed, (2) God would bring his people through when times were tough, (3) Israel must be patient in punishment because God would bring them out of the darkness, and (4) their enemies would be punished. We, too, can have a relationship with God that can allow us to have confidence like Micah’s. It doesn’t take unusual talent; it simply takes faith in God and a willingness to act on that faith. (NLT)
As for me, I look to the Lord for his help. I wait confidently for God to save me, and my God will certainly hear me. – Micah 7:7 (NLT)
* God may have seemed slow to these believers as they faced persecution every day and longed to be delivered. But God is not slow; he just is not on our timetable. Jesus is waiting so that more sinners will repent and turn to him. We must not sit and wait for Christ to return, but we should realize that time is short and we have important work to do. Be ready to meet Christ any time, even today; yet plan your course of service as though he may not return for many years. (NLT)
2 Peter 3:8-11 – But you must not forget, dear friends, that a day is like a thousand years to the Lord, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord isn’t really being slow about his promise to return, as some people think. No, he is being patient for your sake. He does not want anyone to perish, so he is giving more time for everyone to repent. But the day of the Lord will come as unexpectedly as a thief. Then the heavens will pass away with a terrible noise, and everything in them will disappear in fire, and the earth and everything on it will be exposed to judgment.
Since everything around us is going to melt away, what holy, godly lives you should be living!
Quoted verse: I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me. – Micah 7:7 (NIV)
“Story” – Cortney Whiting (Georgia, USA) titled her story “OPPORTUNITY IN WAITING;” here is a portion of Cortney’s story:
“When we got in line for one of my son’s favorite attractions at an amusement park, the wait time was over an hour and a half. I asked my son if he still wanted to wait, hoping he would pass on the opportunity. . . .
“I don’t think anyone enjoys waiting. However, scripture reminds us that waiting is part of our life with God. Sometimes the wait seems uncomfortable or unbearable, but God promises to listen when we call out. When we spend our time waiting in anticipating of the fulfillment of God’s promises, the delay becomes an act of praise.
“The long line at the amusement park gave my son and me an opportunity to connect on a deeper level. Likewise, when we feel that God has not moved according to our preferred time frame, we can explore ways to use that time to grow into a stronger and more trusting relationship with God.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Today I will draw closer to God during times of waiting.
Prayer: Dear God, help us to find ways to use our times of waiting to grow closer to you. Amen.
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/