Psalms 130:5 KJV “I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.”
In Christ alone is my hope. In Him is my trust. Therefore, will I wait. His promises are true. I believe that He will do what He said He would do. I don’t have to know when, I don’t have to know how, I wait. I wait with hope. I wait with expectancy. I wait while believing. I wait while trusting. I wait.
Romans 8:28 KJV “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.”
Sometimes in life, it feels as though everything is coming at you a hundred miles per hour, and not in a good way! Still, I rest in His promises, knowing that all things – the good, the bad, the beautiful, the ugly, and the in between things, are working together for my good. I cannot see it right now, but I know it! I trust His word is true and believe Him.
Proverbs 22:6 KJV “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
I consider this a scripture with promise. A scripture to which I am a living testimony. I was one of the “lucky ones,” who was raised from birth to know God. But, somewhere in there I got to know God for myself. I also came to love God and have my own relationship with Him. This foundation has kept me, wherever life has found me. Whether I was in the midst of despair, in the heights of Christ, or the valley of decision, being raised with the truth, hiding it in my heart has never departed from me. I look back over my life – no matter how far I drifted, the promise never left me.
I cling to this promise as I raise my own three. Sure, they have to know Christ for themselves. They have to love Him, for themselves. Still, I can lead them along the paths of truth. I can provide them every opportunity to know the truth. I can live a life that exemplifies the love of Christ. Then, when they are older, when they can make their own decisions, they won’t depart, it won’t depart from them. They will know, without the shadow of a doubt, wherever life takes them, there is a God who loves them unconditionally. There is a God who died for their sins, that they might experience a life full of forgiveness and liberty. That they might know love and truth.
Jeremiah 29:11 KJV “For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”
What a comfort to know that His thought towards us are for peace, and not of evil, to give (us) an expected end! I was driving to meet my godmother for lunch today and I plugged the diner into the gps. GoogleMaps is usually pretty good about taking me a decent route to get to my destination. Today, it took me the longest route that made absolutely no sense! On top of that, I was 5 minutes late! (Which is better than the 8 minutes late that it originally predicted.) I get about 10 minutes away, annoyed I say, “Why did you bring me this way?” (To the gps? No one in particular?) I heard a still small voice: I know the thoughts I have towards you. Thoughts of peace and not evil to bring you to an expected end.
What I realized is, just as I blindly trusted and followed my gps (although I knew an alternate route to the diner) we ought to trust and follow God without question, wherever He leads and guides us. We must trust His process, we must trust His timing. It doesn’t matter when we arrive – we will arrive at the appointed time and that time will be the right time. There may be dips, detours, construction along our path, but His route is tried and true. There is a reason we are on that particular route. It may not be revealed to you at the moment, or ever! But, God knows. Trust His plan. Trust His promises. If He promised that, it will be so.
Mark 11:24 KJV “Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.”
Ask, seek, knock… A Father who longs to give His children the desires of their heart – as long as it it for their good. And we have only to believe? Wow! I was speaking with my sister the other day about children, and their faith. Children come to parents and God, making their petitions known, with faith that it will come to pass. This is why we are to come to Christ, our Father, as little children. Faith. Then, we won’t bargain with God or have a backup plan, in case He doesn’t answer our prayers, and we won’t take matters into our own hands because we are tired of waiting, or we think He isn’t going to answer our prayers.
In prayer two days ago, I received a clear: Be Still, in my spirit. I do not quite know what this is regarding. So, with everything, I am taking a pause as I pray for clarity and direction. I will wait on His promises. I will go where He leads even if it doesn’t make sense according to my internal gps, because the thoughts He has towards me are of peace and not of evil, to bring me to an expected end. And at the end of the day, I’m just a girl, waiting on the promises of her Daddy.