Devotions from the Word in celebration of the 60th Anniversary of Granada Heights Friends Church.
The following is an excerpt from the devotional book. Books are available for purchase in the church office.
WAIT AND HOPE
by Marilyn Warner
Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous.
Psalm 27:14, NLT
Hope is trusting God to act in His good timing. We may be anxious when we fear what lies ahead in our lives, but we will have peace when we come to the realization that God wants only the best for us and those close to us. If we try to act ahead of the plans God has for us, it may end in disappointment and sadness.
I found it difficult to believe a recent true story where a young woman discovered that she had a terminal illness. She apparently had lost hope of a cure and took matters into her own hands by ending her life while she was still reasonably functioning. There could have been many happy days before her death, such as time spent with family and friends enjoying daily blessings that our good Lord showers on us.
Seeking instant freedom from pain may not be God’s plan. He has much to teach us through pain as well as in freedom from pain. I’ve been taught that one should never give up hope. Instead, we are to leave it all in God’s hands because He always moves as He sees fit. God may have touched this woman who ended her life with His healing hands, or He may have caused the illness to take her to eternal home quickly and without pain.
What would you do if you were in this type of situation? Would you want to end your life as this woman did, or trust the Lord t either heal you or take you home with or without pain? We must trust in the One who made the world and all that is within it to do whatever He has planned for every day of our lives.
Wait and hope for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.
Psalm 33:20, NLT
- Are we taking care to build our hope in the Creator and not in his creations?
- The practice of fasting can help train your soul to wait upon the Lord. As we fast from food or media or other things, we begin to recognize our reactions when we don’t get what we want immediately. This practice puts us in a place where our souls can be open to God and the work He wants to accomplish within us. We learn to wait and be hopeful. Consider fasting from something for a day or two. What did you learn from this practice?