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Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Never Fear, Fret, or Forget While Waiting on God

In review of Psalm 103:2 it says, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.”

Bottom Line:
Let all that your are praise the Lord, never forget the good things he does for you.


What this means to me:
Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good and glorious things he does out of his kindness for me.


When a dream of mine gets delayed, it can often cause me to forget many things. I can easily forget what God has done in my life and all of his goodness to me in the past. I can tend to forget that God is with me. And more importantly, I can forget God’s ultimate power.


Forgetfulness was a big mistake that the Israelites made in the wilderness: “They forgot the many times [God] showed them his love, and they rebelled against the Almighty at the Red Sea. But he saved them, as he had promised, in order to show his great power. But they quickly forgot what he had done and acted without waiting for his advice” (Psalm 106:7b-8, 13 (GNT).


As I look back at their story, It’s unbelievable how short their memories were! In Egypt, God sent 10 plagues on the Egyptians just to rescue his people, and the children of Israel forget it just a few days later when they’re at the Red Sea saying, “We’re all going to die!” They forgot what God had done. Then, God does a miracle and opens the Red Sea. They walk through to the other side and immediately forget that miracle and cry, “We’re going to die of thirst!” God miraculously provides water. The Israelites forget that and complain, “We’re going to die because we have no food!” They were always forgetting.


But I shouldn’t be too quick to judge them, because I do the exact same thing. When a delay occurs, I often start acting like God’s never done anything for me before. The truth is that God has done things for me in the past, and I can count on him to do it again tomorrow and the next day and the day after that.


Instead of forgetting, I need to remember God’s promises. Whenever I have a problem, find a promise, like 2 Timothy 2:13: “Even when we are too weak to have any faith left, he remains faithful to us and will help us … and he will always carry out his promises to us” (TLB). The promises will always be greater than the problems I’m facing!


Here is something to consider, God may not have fulfilled a promise in my life because he’s waiting on me. He’s waiting on me to learn to not fear, not fret, not faint, not forget. He wants me to learn before he delivers.


While God can do things immediately, he’s working on a larger agenda. The delays that come in my life do not destroy God’s purpose, they actually fulfill God’s purpose in my life. So, “Let all that I am praise the Lord; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” (Psalm 103:2).

Instead of forgetting, I need to remember God’s promises and what He has done for me in the past. I also need to consider that the delay may be because He’s waiting on me. He may be waiting on me to learn to not fear, not fret, not faint, not forget. Overall I need to keep in mind that delays may actually be fulfilling God’s purpose in my life.

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