WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry. He lifted me out of the pit of despair, out of the mud and the mire. He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.
Psalm 40:1-2 (NLT2)
LET YOUR PRAYERS OUTLAST YOUR PROBLEMS
Frank wasn’t known for his patience, and he had absolutely no use for negative conversation. When he got a call from his wife during a busy day at work, she talked slowly and didn’t seem very upbeat. Frank interrupted her and exhorted her to be brief and positive. She paused for a moment and then cheerfully replied, “I discovered the airbags in our new BMW work great!” (Source: Unknown) There is a time and a place to be patient.
There is a time and a place for patience. Waiting on God was a common theme in the life of David. And in Psalm 40 he tells us that he waited “patiently.” We can’t be sure what “pit” David was in but we can be sure that it took a while before God pulled Him out. We can also be sure that while David was waiting he was praying.
Life is guaranteed to throw you into pits occasionally. Life is also going to force you to wait occasionally. The question for you is how are you going to wait? Prayer is one of the ways you can grow your patience while you wait. What’s the last significant thing you had to wait on? How did you manage the waiting?
Think back on a time when you had to wait on God and He eventually delivered you. Praise Him for rescuing you.