Yet the LORD longs to be gracious to you;
therefore he will rise up to show you compassion.
For the LORD is a God of justice.
Blessed are all who wait for him!
How gracious he will be when you cry for help!
As soon as he hears, he will answer you. (Isaiah 30:18-19, NIV)
These are wonderful verses to meditate on and to memorize. They will remind us that God is for us and also how important it is to wait for Him and not act without consulting Him. Psalm 37 emphasizes that very thing when it speaks of trusting the Lord. "Be still and wait patiently for the Lord. Do not fret...." I was reminded of those verses in my quiet time this morning. How many times do I fret over things and what good does it do me? Nothing but more stress and anxiety comes from it. I'm going to try really hard this coming week to give God everything that comes my way and focus on His love for me and His goodness and compassion. When I concentrate on Him, especially the blessings He has given me and all I have to be grateful for, then I have something I can share with others that God may put in my path. Something that will bless and edify the both of us.
Yes, life is hard, but the Lord is on our side--He is mighty to save! He will come through for us. We just need to wait on Him and trust in His timing.
Help us do that, O Lord. Help us wait patiently for you. And while we are waiting, help us remember all You have done for us and given us, and help us focus on Your promises in Your Word as we continue to meet with You. We depend upon You, O God, for You alone are our Savior. You are life and light to us. Glory to Your Name!