What Are You Waiting For? - Your Daily Forward Devotional

What Are You Waiting For?

 

December 8

 

Read Psalm 31:24

Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD!

 

Reflect

What does it mean to wait for the LORD?

 

Waiting is not easy, even for really simple things like standing in line. Our time is precious, and we have long lists of to-dos and deadlines. That kind of waiting can be frustrating. But waiting is even more difficult in other circumstances like waiting to see if medical treatment is successful or waiting for the blessing of a child. Waiting in situations like that can be discouraging. It's easy to lose hope of trying to protect your heart.

 

And yet David says, "Be strong and let your heart take courage!". Take heart. But how can you be strong when you feel so weak? How can you be encouraged when you feel so defeated? My advice is to remember who and what you are waiting for. You are waiting for the LORD!

 

In Psalm 31, David reminds us who we are waiting on and what we are waiting for. He reminds us that God is righteous. David calls God his rock, his fortress, and his refuge. All safe places that speak to God's strength to save and protect. He reminds us that idols are worthless, but God can be trusted. He spoke of God's love and expressed that he knows God sees his pain. He knew that God was merciful. He was honest with God about his suffering and anguish, but he reaffirmed his trust in God. He knew who he was waiting for--a faithful God.

 

In Psalm 31:19, he begins answering the question of what we are waiting for. He reminds us that God has good things stored up for those of us that trust Him. He will protect us, shelter us, give us strength, and rescue us. He will preserve us, and He will keep us. We can depend on it.

 

Friends, we can have the courage and be strong even when life is hard because we are waiting on the promises of a faithful God. It will be in God's perfect timing, and it will be in this life or the next. But because we believe, we can move from despair to "waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ" (Titus 2:13). We know that God is faithful. We know that He is going to show up. We know that ultimately, God is going to rescue us for good. Today, let God's promises give you strength and courage as you wait on the LORD.

 

Pray

God, sometimes it's easy to get discouraged and lose heart. Remind me who You are and what I am waiting for. Help me to look forward to and wait expectantly for the full realization of Your promises-Your kingdom come. Amen.

 

 

~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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Amen. God help me to remember that you can be trusted!
My dear Lord and Savior We both thank you for all you've done and continue to do and We humbly await your return
I humbly await u my LORD and SAVIOR I beg u please dont pass my family by
DEAR HEAVENLY FATHER;JESUS & HOLY SPIRIT COME QUICKLY TO MY HEARTACHE*THANKYOUJESUS*
Lord You are good and faithful; please help me to wait patiently on You, especially when Your servant is seeking direction in order to walk uprightly.
Thank you; great advise!
Encouraging words for these times. We must keep our focus on God
I need to be strong and take my heart take courage all I do to wait on the Lord.
Father Please speak "Truth" to your child to let him know there was No fraud but only lies, diseption from those who are wolves in sheep's clothing! To remind your child all things are done in Your Will, way, path, perfect timing. That You Lord Jesus are The only True Chief Commander in Control. In Your Loving Mighty Powerful Name Jesus Amen
Amen yes I know my redeemer lives an yes I'm waiting patiently for gods promises amen
Thank you Lord for being with me through my surgery and as I am recovering. Thank you for the prayers and support from family and friends 🙏 as well. I am truly blessed . In Jesus name amen
Lord JESUS CHRIST I pray that you will save our Nation from this MASSIVE election fraud and that only the leagal votes will determine the Presidency of these United STATES of America! Thank you JEHOVAH Rapha!✝️🙏
Lord, help me to wait patiently and joyfully in Your presence for Your will to be fulfilled inmy life, and for answered prayers. Strengthen me, and help me not to be discouraged. Amen!
Great subject.
Heavenly Father, I shall and I will wait for You. I know Your timing is perfect. I know You know exactly what I'm going through and You are with me and You are working it out for my good. I love you. All praises, honor, and glory belong to You. Thank You Lord. Father, in the name of Your Son, Jesus, I pray, Amen.
Ver encouraging word. It fed me.
Your rod and Your staff protects and guides me. Amen.
"They that wait upon the Lord, shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings as eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint, teach me Lord, oh teach me Lord, to wait!" Blessings, Phil
Truth...Amen, by the grace and help of God.
It's worth waiting on the Lord
Thank you for this Pastor Nat. This is a tough one. It is my 'YO YO' I am getting there.
Thank you for this word today, it truly is a blessing.