Verse of the Day Devotion: Psalm 27:14
“Wait for the LORD; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the LORD.” – Psalm 27:14
This idea is found throughout scripture, both in the old and new testaments. Throughout the scriptures, we see examples of how God has promised and fulfilled all that He has said. Here the psalmist is saying there is no reason for us to fear. He may not come to us when we would like, but he tells us to wait patiently anyway.
We must always remember He is with us and by our side. Isaiah puts it this way. “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth Does not become weary or tired. His understanding is inscrutable. He gives strength to the weary, And to him who lacks might He increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, And vigorous young men stumble badly, yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, they will run and not get tired, they will walk and not become weary.” Isaiah 40:28-31. God does not ever grow weary, and if we grow weary, He will renew our strength. Also, when we do grow tired and do not see a way out, we tend to become afraid. Isaiah speaks to this as well. “Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely, I will help you, Surely, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10.
As I said earlier, He may not come as quickly as we would like, or even as we would like. Sometimes we desire Him to do things in a way that will make things easier for us. Then, we look for things to happen as we would like them to. However, we must always remember that He knows infinitely more than we can ever understand. He knows all things that have happened, is currently happening, and will ever happen. Again, Isaiah puts it better than I ever could. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways, declares the LORD. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts.” Isaiah 55:8-9.
Could it be that what God allows to happen is for our best, and what we believe is best is actually not? I think this happens more times than we want to admit. Let’s look at one of my favorite passages in all of scriptures, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28. So, this begs the question, and I have asked myself this on several occasions. Do I want what I think is best, or what God thinks is best? I have decided after many situations that the latter is far superior to the former.
And one last thing. Maybe these times are not necessarily for us. Maybe, He wants to train us for a future ministry opportunity He has for us. Paul says, “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction so that we will be able to comfort those who are in any affliction with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” 1 Corinthians 1:3-4
Therefore, when we go through trials and difficult situations, be strong and wait patiently for His help. He knows better than us what we need, and when best to come to us. We do not know what He has in store for us through this. But if we can learn from God how to comfort those who suffer in the same way we have in the past, is it not worth it so we can provide comfort to them?
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries, Inc.