But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. (Romans 8:25)
Today's Morsel: Most people doesn't like delays. I have watched folk at the airline check in, and when they are told that the plane will be delayed because of maintenance problems, they go into an outrage. Me, I just say, "Praise the Lord, thank God that they found out there was a problem before we got 35,000 feet in the air!" My Bible says lo I am with you always. (humor) Why don't we like delays? What is God trying to teach us during our delays? Is He trying to teach us patience? Is He trying to show us that He's watching out for our well being? Does He know that the enemy has a trap set for us and He wants us to slow down so we will be able to see it when it comes. When Israel was facing a major battle with the Philistines, King Saul and all the people with him began to fear. And when the prophet Samuel delayed his coming for seven days, Scripture says, "And Saul said, Bring hither a burnt offering to me, and peace offerings. And he offered the burnt offering. And it came to pass, that as soon as he had made an end of offering the burnt offering, behold, Samuel came; and Saul went out to meet him, that he might salute him. And Samuel said, What hast thou done? And Saul said, Because I saw that the people were scattered from me, and that thou camest not within the days appointed, and that the Philistines gathered themselves together at Michmash; Therefore said I, The Philistines will come down now upon me to Gilgal, and I have not made supplication unto the LORD: I forced myself therefore, and offered a burnt offering. And Samuel said to Saul, Thou hast done foolishly: thou hast not kept the commandment of the LORD thy God, which he commanded thee: for now would the LORD have established thy kingdom upon Israel for ever. But now thy kingdom shall not continue: the LORD hath sought him a man after his own heart, and the LORD hath commanded him to be captain over his people, because thou hast not kept that which the LORD commanded thee" (1 Samuel 13:9-14). Because he couldn't wait, it cost him the kingdom. Maybe you are waiting on God to answer your prayer or provide something for you. Don't take matters into your own hands, but wait on the Lord, be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart. Wait, I say, on the Lord.
Sing: They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up as wings as eagles. They shall run and not grow weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, teach me Lord, to wait.