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Monday, May 14, 2018

God Is Working While I’m Wait

In review of Psalm 130:5 it says, “I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised” (TLB).

Today’s verse is from Psalm 130 which speaks of the assurance of the Lord's forgiveness and that God will surely forgive me if I confess my sins to him. So, from the depths of despair, I can call for your help, I ask that you hear my cry and pay attention to my prayer. Lord, if you kept a record of my sins, how could I ever survive. But rather you offer forgiveness, that I might learn from you. Given this, I am counting on the Lord. I have put my hope in His word. I long for Him; for with the Lord there is unfailing love. His redemption overflows. He himself will redeem me from every kind of sin.

Despair makes me feel isolated and distant from God, but this is precisely when I need God most. Despair over my sin should not lead to self-pity, causing me to think more about myself than God Instead, it should lead me to confession and then to God's mercy, forgiveness, and redemption. When I feel overwhelmed by a problem, feeling sorry for myself will only increase feelings of hopelessness; but crying out to God will turn my attention to the only One who can really help.

Keeping a record of sins (or holding a grudge) is like building a wall between me and another person, and it is nearly impossible to talk openly while the wall is there. God doesn't keep a record of my sins; when he forgives, he forgives completely, tearing down any wall between me and him. Therefore, I fear (revere) God, yet I can talk to him about anything. When I pray, I can know that God is holding nothing against me. His lines of communication are always completely open.

God wants me to wait patiently for him to answer my prayer, but he also wants me to wait expectantly. Have faith. Trust God to hear and to answer. When I can wait expectantly, I demonstrate that I believe God’s promises. I believe he’s going to keep his word.

So don’t be discouraged! Don’t give up! Look up. Turn to prayer. There will be requests in my life that I pray to God that have or may never been answered. I may never know why God has chosen to not answer that prayer, and I may never understand why. But I must decide this: Whether or not God ever answers that prayer, I am going to die believing his promises. Because God is a good God, and he knows what’s best, even when I don’t understand it.

When God doesn’t answer your prayers, keep in mind:

First, God is in control, and I’m not. He knows better what I need than I do. There is no mountain too tall that he can’t move it. There is no problem so big that he can’t solve it. There is no sorrow so deep he cannot soothe it. God is in control, and he has a plan.

The second thing I need to remember is that, whether or not I ever receive my answer, God will honor my patience, if not here, then in eternity.

I wait expectantly, trusting God to help, for he has promised” (Psalm 130:5 TLB).

Bottom Line:
With with great expectations, trusting God to help as He has promised.

What this means to me:
I should wait with an excited feeling that something good will happen, trusting God to help, for he has promised he would.

In summary, I’m to put my hope in His Word. When I feel overwhelmed by a problem, feeling sorry for myself will make me feel more hopeless, but crying out to God will help turn my attention to the one who can really hope. What God wants is for me to wait patiently and expectantly for Him to answer; always believing in his promises. So don't give up, turn to Him in After all God is good, he knows what is best, even when I don't understand it. He knows better than I do. He has a plan. God will honor my patience, if not here, then in eternity.

Today I pray, “Thank you for speaking your truth into my life and letting me know that you only want what is best for me. You arrange things in my life to teach me and to draw me to you. I ask that you help me to understand why I’m being overwhelmed with work tasks that all have immediate need by dates. Give me the ability to digest this, communicate to my team and provide the leadership they need from me. Help me to encourage others and give them guidance. Allow me to absorb the feedback you have given me in my life and situations. Allow me to communicate in a loving and helpful manner with others. I pray these things in your Son, Jesus name, Amen!”

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