We often believe we are waiting on God but clearly, it is he who waits on us.
If only we will ask for help, he will surely respond.
If waiting is then necessary, it is based strictly on his perfect timing.
Faith is always required in order to please him. Waiting serves as the simmering pot for faith.
What are you waiting on?
What do you need to ask and trust the Lord for?
He is waiting to show love and compassion for he is faithful to those who call on him and believe he is willing to answer.
So the LORD must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the LORD is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help. O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. He will be gracious if you ask for help. He will surely respond to the sound of your cries. Though the Lord gave you adversity for food and suffering for drink, he will still be with you to teach you. You will see your teacher with your own eyes. Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left. – Isaiah 30:18-21
Have you been wronged, deceived, betrayed or let down by family and friends?
King David can relate. While he accomplished much in his life and was the most beloved king of all, he had more than his fair share of disappointment, discouragement and despair. The frown on his face was often brought about by the actions of those closest to him.
We get a glimpse of one of his best life lessons when he poured his heart into Psalm 37.
He learned to quit giving the naysayers, wrongdoers, wicked, betrayers, deceivers, connivers and crooks the time of day. Quite frankly, he learned to move on.
He shares that when we do, the so called “sticks in the mud” will begin to fade away and become a distant memory when we decide to delight in the Lord and trust in him.
As we focus on the desires God has placed in our hearts, rather than dwell on the past offenses, we are free to move ahead and regain our joy for living.
The key is to commit everything, every single aspect of our lives, to him. When we trust him, he will help us. We can go it alone or we can invite him into the challenges by asking for his assistance.
That’s right, the creator of the universe, because he delights in every detail of our lives, is standing by to lend a hand, pitch in and direct our steps. Wow! We simply need to be still and wait patiently for him to act.
It sounds easy but waiting on the Lord is hard when you are prone to take matters into your own hands. The temptation is to get impatient, upset and even angry about the timing and the circumstances.
Have no fear, the Lord is near! No need to be upset. In due time, the wrongdoers will be marginalized. Put your hope in the Lord and continue to travel steadily along his path.
Focus on what God is doing not what they have done! Living the great adventure need not be hindered by a false start or a party pooper.
You might stumble, you might stub your toe and even make a few ill advised decisions, but you will not fall. You will not fail. He simply delights too much in your love for him to let you come up short.
Don’t worry about the wrongdoers. Let them go. Release them into their cesspool of demise.
As for you, look ahead and take hold of the ride of a lifetime that you are living. Come what may, you are on your way to better things! It’s time to move on!
Cunning: having or showing skill in achieving one’s ends by deceit or evasion.
Conniver: to cooperate secretly; especially to conspire.
Do you know a charming cunning conniver?
BEWARE: Cowardly connivers aren’t always easy to discern. They are masters of deception. Don’t let their friendly smiles and righteous facade fool you!
The opposite of conniving is being honest and straightforward.
Conniving usually occurs in secret.
Conniving is considered dishonest and cowardly.
King David was fully aware of the state of the human heart and mind.
He provided a warning of his own!
If you are a charming, cunning conniver, heads up, you are running out of time. Your time is up. What you have done in the dark will be revealed by the light. Life has a way of making wrongs right in the end.
“O God, listen to my complaint. Protect my life from my enemies’ threats. Hide me from the plots of this evil mob, from this gang of wrongdoers. They sharpen their tongues like swords and aim their bitter words like arrows. They shoot from ambush at the innocent, attacking suddenly and fearlessly. They encourage each other to do evil and plan how to set their traps in secret. “Who will ever notice?” they ask. As they plot their crimes, they say, “We have devised the perfect plan!” Yes, the human heart and mind are cunning. But God himself will shoot them with his arrows, suddenly striking them down. Their own tongues will ruin them, and all who see them will shake their heads in scorn. – Psalm 64:1-8 NLT
Accept the reality that life is hard. Expect to be offended, disappointed, delayed, interrupted, cheated, betrayed, misunderstood, hurt, broke, burdened, frustrated, bothered, angered, confused, abused, used, unappreciated, discredited, unrecognized, blamed, accused and lied about.
Then remember, being alive is better than the alternative, there are some things worse than dying and we should all do our best not to contribute to the life we have come to expect.
“Oh what joy to live and operate within your sweet spot, that life-giving place of fulfillment found only in the discovery of your true calling. You owe it to yourself and the world to reside there. Satisfaction is guaranteed!”
“Give me happiness, O Lord, for I give myself to you.” Psalm 86:4
It is fair to say David’s soldiers were very dangerous men.
David’s elite mighty men are profiled in 1 Chronicles 11.
The traits of his warriors are notable in chapter 12.
These were no doubt dangerous men.
How dangerous are we?
We have a Divine commander. We are among his troops. What traits would be noted among us?
Would we be considered as dangerous as David’s men?
Note the traits of David’s warriors, especially in Ch 12!
1 Chronicles 12:
Experts – v2
Brave – v8, v21, v30 (3x’s)
Experienced – v8
Fierce as lions – v8
Swift as deer – v8
Strong – v15
Able – v21
Highly respected – v30
Aware – v32
Skilled – v33
Armed – v35
Prepared – v35
Single-minded purpose – v38
We aren’t called to be safe. The world needs dangerous men and women who are ready to fight for the better good of mankind and the greater good of the Lord.
No where in scripture do we find a person God used that was called to safety, security or comfort.
The person God uses walks in faith, embraces uncertainty and walks into the darkness knowing the risk as a soldier of the light.
We have grown too soft. We have become too vulnerable. We must encourage one another to be strong in the faith as we seek to be all that we can be without compromise. We have come too far. Too much is at stake. Together we can hold the line and take new ground in the name of love.
This photo of the sunset was my last night on the beach for this season.
Notice the star, the moon and the sunset?
It is easy to lose focus on all the good and let the enemy creep in with silly distractions.
Shared experiences are the best! I loved having the love of my life at my side as we took it all in.
How special to have shared moments like these with those you love.
How awesome to share perfect moments with imperfect people.
We must hold the line, love more, extend grace often and realize the potential we all have to lay a rotten egg in the middle of a beautiful sunset.
No one is perfect. Certainly not me. Love is a choice.
I choose to focus on the sunset, not the darkness.
Life is too short. I can reflect on the sunsets that I missed or chase those that are left to be captured.
Worst of all would be to give up on looking for the best in the world and in others.
There are people in this photo. They kept it from being perfect. It would have been nice to have had the sunset all to myself. But life is to be shared and that means things don’t always go exactly the way I want them to go.
I can focus on the people who nudged into the frame of my perfect shot or I can focus on the grandeur that is set before me.
The following passage caught my attention this morning.
I am so grateful to have shared moments like these with those I love.
These are the memories I live for!
When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers, the moon and the stars you set in place, what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them? Yet you made them only a little lower than God and crowned them with glory and honor. You gave them charge of everything you made, putting all things under their authority, the flocks and the herds and all the wild animals, the birds in the sky, the fish in the sea, and everything that swims the ocean currents. O LORD, our Lord, your majestic name fills the earth! – Psalm 8:3-9 NLT