The Pill

Friday, October 9, 2020
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Psalm 123:2 – As the eyes of slaves look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maid look to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he shows us his mercy. (NIV)

A friend of mine is suffering from an annoying physical ailment, which also causes much loss of sleep. This, in turn, aggravates the situation even more. The physician involved has prescribed an appropriate medication. The medication, however, takes up to a year before those taking it may begin to see any noticeable changes in their condition. Talk about feeling frustrated! What a bitter pill to swallow! Yet, what can they do but to wait and pray for continued strength and grace to endure?

Waiting is a common theme in the Scriptures. God always seems to be making His people wait. Abraham and Sarah, David, Moses, Jacob, Noah, and Daniel, just to name a few, had to wait. Their waiting periods were much, much longer than a year. Yet, what could they do but persevere and pray for continued strength and grace to endure their own bitter pill of waiting.

The Bible discusses waiting this way:

James 5:7-8 – Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. (NIV)

In this case, the waiting refers to the second coming of Christ, and yet, when we are looking to God for an answer to prayer, isn't that also always a waiting for His coming: His coming to us to heal, or to lift us up, or to strengthen us amidst the situation about which we are praying and through which we are seeking to persevere?

Today, you may be waiting, and the waiting may be difficult and even scary. You may feel discouraged and even angry that you are still waiting, fed up with this bitter pill, and ready to throw in the towel, so to speak, on God and His promises and lovingkindness. If so, take a moment and consider all those in the Bible who waited and did not give up, but kept their faith in God, persevering — just as the farmer perseveres and awaits with anticipation the coming crop. Their names have gone down in history to be forever remembered.

Your name and my name will never appear in the Bible this way, but they will be stored in the memories of our family, friends, acquaintances, and God Himself. So, the choice is ours regarding how we want them to remember us amidst our waiting: as those who lost their hope in God due to a difficult situation, a bitter pill to swallow; or as people who "rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out his love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit, whom He has given to us." (Romans 5:3-5 NIV)

Prayer: Father God, waiting is never an easy thing for us human beings to endure. Yet, as we turn it over to You in faith and anticipation, You are able to do great and amazing things in our lives, through the working of Your Holy Spirit. Bless those today who are struggling with what may have become a bitter pill of waiting. Bless them with renewed hope, faith, strength, and insight, that they may know that You are, indeed, at work in their lives doing mighty things, things that will inspire and encourage not only them, but also others, to keep going within their own lives of faith and waiting. In Christ's name, we ask. Amen.

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Atlin, British Columbia, Canada

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  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good word, Lynne. Be safe.

    Thank you. An important message and reminder.

    Thank you, Lynne, for this encouraging devotional. Blessings.

    Thank you, Lynne, for this wonderful devotion.

    Thanks for your message today, Lynne. Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours. Stay safe.

    Thanks, Lynne for sharing this very encouraging, heartfelt devotional. Keep up the great work!

    Great message especially in these difficult times, Happy Thanksgiving and blessings, Lynne!

    Thanks again, Lynne, for a wonderful devotion. We were in a position of WAITING for our daughter to come for lunch while we read your story today!

    Thanks for sharing Lynne. Exactly what I needed to hear today. A firm faith is patient.
    I pray that God will intervene In your friend’s case, in Jesus name.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thanks for today’s devotional. I found it to be particularly encouraging. I also appreciate your clear and concise writing style.

    Hi Lynne,
    I loved your message about waiting and it comes with perfect timing. Such poignant writing! Oh, and l feel for your friend who has to wait for a year for the sleep medication to work!

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for the encouragement for all of us and for your friend who waits for the medication to make her life easier. Thank you for always helping us to understand the need to wait on God’s timing. May you have a blessed day and a happy thanksgiving. Since you live with part of your family, it is another blessing.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thanks for another special devotional. It is so true that when we want something, we want it NOW, but the Lord sometimes has different plans and his timing is definitely the right one for us. We must stay strong and faithful in prayer remembering that patience is a great virtue.
    Blessings for these writings you do for the devotionals and may you and your family stay well during this pandemic time and the upcoming flu season.

    Dear Lynne
    You are so right, we can encourage others when they are called to wait, but when the shoe is to say on the other foot it will be difficult to wait upon the Lord for what we know will take place.
    I know the past months have been most difficult for my wife who has never been sick but has had so many setbacks following a minor knee scope. The pain she endures especially as the day wears on wears her down. I am waiting for surgery on surgery which should take place soon but wish it could be tomorrow as some days the pain is unbearable.
    When I can take the focus off myself and look at Jesus, I know he endured unbearable pain on the cross for me and I am so grateful for the gift Jesus has given to me.
    We all need to receive encouragement so we can endure the things put on our path for us knowing that in all things God will bless us more abundantly than we can imagine.

    There are a number of things I am waiting for, but God’s timing is always right.
    And when resolution comes how often do, we say, good thing that didn’t happen when I wanted it to.

    Good morning Lynn,
    A bitter pill indeed, but as you stated, we have to be patient, and through faith and prayer we are coping. We wish you and yours a blessed Thanksgiving, because in spite of it all we still have many things to be thankful for.

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for continuing to pass on to us well-worded very spiritual devotions.
    I thank you for continuing to pass on to us GOOD FOOD that God gives you.
    For Jesus’ sake. Amen.

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