The Waiting Game

Wednesday, April 23, 2014
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Psalm 40:1 – I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry. (NIV)

Writing is not always easy. Sometimes, I just have to wait and wait and wait. The ideas don't come. There is no motivation, even though I am watching and hoping and looking for both inspiration and enthusiasm to put fingers to keyboard.

Throughout the Scriptures, we discover that the waiting game is not new to any of us, however. It has been around since time began. Sarah and Abraham had given up hoping for a child long before Isaac was born to them in their old age. Joseph prayed and prayed yet still languished in prison for long periods before rising to his rightful place of power. King David ran and hid as a fugitive for many years before the promise of the throne for which God had Samuel anoint him became a reality. Simeon and Anna spent a lifetime waiting for the Messiah to be presented at the temple. Yes, the waiting game is as old, it seems, as the birth of mankind.

What might you be waiting for today? Healing, encouragement, wisdom, guidance, a spouse, a new job, a call or visit from a wayward family member, the conception of a child, justice, that promotion … The list is endless, isn't it? We always seem to be waiting for something in this life.

The marvellous thing about the waiting game, however, is that when we wait patiently for the Lord, trusting Him to hear and answer our prayers, one way or another, we are not disappointed. For as the psalmist declared, "He turned to me and heard my cry."

God is faithful. God is good. God hears and responds to the cries of His people, which means that perhaps today will be the day your waiting game comes to fruition.

Prayer: Father God, thank You that You turn and hear the cries of Your people. You know the needs of each and every one of us, dear Lord, and today, we thank You in advance for the answers to our prayers. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Been there, done that Lynne. Such true words. Good reminder.

    O God turn to me and answer me, as you have promised in your word. Thanks for the encouragement. Indeed the wait can seem endless! But He understands why.

    Hello Lynne! What a lovely devotional the Lord inspired you to share today! The message just set my day. Waiting for His timing isn’t always easy, however, we know that He does all things well. Thank-you again! Continued blessings as you share your “given” thoughts.

    Dear Lynne,
    Somehow I knew it was you who penned these words and, of course, they spoke to me.
    You are so right; as we wait for Him for inspiration and words, the results are exactly what the Holy Spirit wanted us to say. May God continue to bless you with words of wisdom.

    Hi Lynne!
    Thanks for writing to us.
    My friend reminds me often that the LORD rejoices over me with singing. Knowing the One who gladly waits with me lets us have a good time together during the wait.

    Lynne – your devotional is exactly what I needed to hear about a certain prayer that has gone unanswered for years. This week I felt a little discouraged about it but your message really picked up my spirit.
    Keep writing!
    Peace and Blessings.

    This is outstanding, Lynne, and how true, how true.
    This surely will give encouragement to many to keep on waiting, and hope for the downhearted.
    A message that will help those that are in a difficult situation.
    Keep writing.

    Dear Lynne,
    I often look forward to seeing your write up.
    I’m surprised you are challenged with writing on the ideas because you put it up very well all through to the conclusion.
    Thanks for the encouragement!
    We always seem to be waiting for one thing or another in our aspects of our lives. I’m convinced God is best and should not end with good as we always put God is good.
    I am trusting and waiting on the Lord for a major decision in life – in His own time.

    Isn’t it glorious Pat, that we also can say “I am the disciple that Jesus loves”.

    Dear Lynne,
    Wait, I say on the Lord and again I say, “Wait.”
    Wait for love.
    Wait for heaven..
    Wait for the Lord’s will. He waits with you. Talk with him as you wait.

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