Wait for the Lord!

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
(Psalms 27:14 (NIV))

How long are you usually willing to wait for something? If you are like me, it is probably not that long. I think that it is human nature to want instant gratification. Today’s society does nothing to counter that concept with fast food, credit cards and entertainment twenty-four hours a day. We basically live in a society that tells us if we want it now, get it now.

What does that do to the important things in your life? Do you get so used to instant gratification that you expect it from your relationships with your family and friends? What about your relationship with God? Do you expect instant gratification from God as well? Have you come to the point where you look upon God as a genie, someone who will grant your every wish if and when you wish it?

It takes strength to wait for something or for someone. It requires discipline on your part. It requires self control. It requires faith to wait patiently without loosing hope that what you wait for will still come.

But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
(Galatians 5:22-23a (NIV))

I find it interesting that when we wait, we are being taught about the fruit of the Spirit. We begin to take on the very characteristics that God wants us to have when we begin to wait for Him. God does things in His time. He is never early and He is never late. Everything that He does has a reason and a timing. When we learn to wait for God, we begin to mature in our faith. We begin to learn patience. We begin to learn faithfulness. We come to the realization that instant gratification is not what God wants for us. He wants to teach us. He wants to mature us. He wants to lead us into the quiet moments with Him

Wait for the Lord!

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
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