Bible Study & Devotional
Guiding Scripture: “Because of the Lord’s great love, we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him. The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him; it is good to wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:22-26
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By Detria Moore
🔴 In the Waiting
A few weeks ago, I was troubled by a situation. I desperately wanted to hear from the Lord about the matter, and soon after, I read this scripture in a prayer journal. I was encouraged. First, to know that God cared enough to answer me and speak to me when I needed to hear from Him. Second, that he would encourage me with just the right words, I needed to read. God is so compassionate towards us. Can you fathom that every morning new mercies are awaiting you?
I was further encouraged to read that the Lord is my portion.
He is everything that I need. Take heart that whatever you require, the Lord is your portion! He is more than enough. It wasn’t for naught that He instructed Moses to tell the Israelites, “I am that I am” had sent him. God knew what was to lie ahead for the children of Israel, and He knew what they would face. They needed to know that no matter the circumstances, I AM was with them.
Reading on, I almost came to an abrupt halt because of the next phrase, “Therefore, I will wait for him.” To wait? Oh, friends! I did NOT want to read that. Here I was, all encouraged, reminded of his faithfulness, his new merceries, his never-failing compassions. Surely God’s next steps would be just as exciting. But the next line told me to wait. Wait?!?!? And then to say, “it is good to wait quietly…?”
I felt slightly deflated. I wanted to see God move. Seriously, cue the clapboard. Yell action. Let’s get this moving. But after all this encouragement and build-up, the Lord wanted me to wait. How was this supposed to make me feel better? Sitting and waiting did not seem appealing. But dear friends, waiting is not passive. It’s more than merely letting time pass.
Growth and activity happen in the waiting!
- First, waiting increases our faith. Just like exercising builds muscles, our faith is strengthened when we exercise it. Speaking to and telling our circumstances that we believe what God says and not what we see with our natural eyes increases our faith. If God instantly answered everything we asked all the time, when would we be able to exercise our faith?
- Second, we learn more about Christ’s character. When the children of Israel were waiting to be delivered from Pharaoh’s control and were waiting to enter the promised land, they learned more about God’s character. They learned that he was willing to perform miracle after miracle for their benefit and for His glory. They knew He was Holy; that He wanted to be their ONLY source of provision and worship.
- Finally, we grow and learn more about ourselves. Once you get to the point of having no choice but to wait on God, you renew your strength. Your character molds into being more like Him. You become more reliant upon Him and the Holy Spirit.
Yes, waiting is active.
And though it can be so frustrating to wait, focus on Psalm 46: 10, “Be still, and know that I am God.” It’s essential we not grow weary in our waiting. Be anxious for nothing friends, cast all your cares on Him. Stand still and see that He will answer in His timing. But in the waiting, find joy and be content knowing the Lord is working on your behalf.
Detria Moore, J.D. is a believer, wife, mother, college professor, intercessor, community servant, writer, speaker, and volunteer of all things. Above all else, she is enamored with her Savior. Her main goal is to serve the Lord, walk in a manner worthy of her calling, and bring glory to her Savior. Detria enjoys reading and teaching the Bible, praying for others, and walking the Lynchburg trails.
This devotional was submitted by Detria Moore, a loving contributor to Our Given Purpose. Edited by Torrie Slaughter the founder of Our Given Purpose® in the Commonwealth of Virginia.
🔴 The Bible In A Year Daily Reading Plan
Numbers 21:1-22:20, Luke 1:26-56, Psalm 57:1-11, Proverbs 11:9-11