THEME: WAIT ON GOD
“Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD!”
-When Paul journeyed to Crete with other men under the order of the Centurion, there occurred a great ship wreck and because they had thrown their supplies overboard, they went hungry for many days and thought they would die. Paul comforted them to take courage and have faith in the Lord (Acts 27:13-26). During favorable and unfavorable situations, we are called to wait on the Lord and be of good courage. Jesus also encouraged the disciples telling them; not to be afraid when they were confronted by a great storm (Mat 14:27). Sometimes we are presented by great storms in our lives that seem like stumbling blocks and we feel discouraged. The Lord tells us to be of good courage and He shall strengthen our hearts. To trust in Him and delight ourselves in Him; and He shall give us the desires of our hearts (Ps 37:3-4).
As we begin this new year, it is important to wait on the Lord in all matters concerning our lives, economy, politics, institutions, churches, finances, businesses, careers, relationships, marriages, children, education, health, wealth, projects, decisions, purpose and future. In reality we cannot really change anything in our lives for our lives belong to God, our Creator and Father. Abraham waited on God through faith, when he was promised to become the father of a great nation and Sarah bore him the son of promise, even though she was considered barren. Samson waited on God in trust when he was delivered to the Philistines at Lehi and the Spirit of God came upon him mightily and he killed a thousand men with the jawbone of a donkey. Hannah waited on God through prayer as she hoped for a child and the Lord gave her Samuel. We are called to always wait on God and He shall renew our strength, to mount up with wings like eagles, to run and not be weary and to walk and not faint. God also calls us to wait on Him through love, love for Him and our neighbors; and He will bless us abundantly. We demonstrate love through following His will as He gives us the desires of our hearts. We are also reminded that we are pilgrims on earth and aliens to the commonwealth of this world and should wait on God in hope of final glory. We should therefore focus on the things above that bring honor to His Kingdom so that we may dwell with Him forever. As we wait on the Lord, we are called to be still and know that He is God.
There is no one holy but You Oh Lord; there is no other God besides You; there is no Rock like You our Lord and Father, be lifted on high. We rest in You Lord and wait patiently on You; for You are our Strength and Shield. In Your merciful love we always find mercy. Be with us merciful Father during the times that we face storms in life and strengthen our hearts so we may overcome and have victory. In Your loving kindness we always find love. In Your gracious wisdom we find wise counsel. We thank You and lift Your name high. Lord You are good and Your mercies endures forever. Lord You are merciful and Your mercies are everlasting. Lord You are faithful and Your faithfulness is unsearchable. We thank You and lift Your name high. Amen
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