Monday, March 14, 2011

Wait Quietly - Streams in the Desert


As I ask God to show me what is next, I am very much enjoying the conversation.
It seems He helps me think through pros of one situation and then I ask, 'So, are you telling me to go there?'   To which He answers, 'I didn't say that.  I am just helping you in the process... I haven't shown you clearly just yet.  Keep asking and keep listening.'
Anyway, this devotional was encouraging to me today.
It reminded me again to wait.  To be patient.  To trust God's promises.
-----Streams in the Desert - March 14----- 
"And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise" (Heb. 6:15).
Abraham was long tried, but he was richly rewarded. The Lord tried him by delaying to fulfill His promise. Satan tried him by temptation; men tried him by jealousy, distrust, and opposition; Sarah tried him by her peevishness. But he patiently endured. He did not question God's veracity, nor limit His power, nor doubt His faithfulness, nor grieve His love; but he bowed to Divine Sovereignty, submitted to Infinite Wisdom, and was silent under delays, waiting the Lord's time. And so, having patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
God's promises cannot fail of their accomplishment. Patient waiters cannot be disappointed. Believing expectation shall be realized.
Beloved, Abraham's conduct condemns a hasty spirit, reproves a murmuring one, commends a patient one, and encourages quiet submission to God's will and way. Remember, Abraham was tried; he patiently waited; he received the promise, and was satisfied. Imitate his example, and you will share the same blessing.
--Selected 

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