Welcome to WORD17, a scripture memory program.
Find this month’s posts concerning PS 37:7 here.
Have you ever experienced a heart issue?
Truth be told, people tangle with heart problems – some in the natural, all in the spiritual.
After reading Andy Stanley’s Enemies of the Heart years ago, I found myself focused on the heart. I often asked the kids about the condition of their heart. Of course they rolled their eyes, shot me an “I can’t believe you’re asking me this” look, then usually proceeded to offer a mumbled, leave-me-alone answer of some sort.
In life’s busyness, I eventually ceased asking the question.
The kids – and their hearts – went about their business, and I went about mine.
But that doesn’t mean heart issues disappeared. They kept residence, working their little fingers to the bone.
Work, work, work.
That’s what issues do. They’re employed by the one who comes to kill, steal, destroy. They work on our heart to kill dreams, steal belief, and destroy love.
And so I suppose it’s wise we ask ourselves, even if it’s not on a regular basis, “How’s my heart?”
Let’s take that one step further. How’s my heart – concerning waiting?
Does the word send shivers down your ever lovin’ spiritual spine?
I’ve felt those shivers. Many of us have. Goodness! The impatience, lack of trust, waivering faith – whatever you want to call it – simply doesn’t want to wait on God.
But why? If He is good, why the refusal or contempt of waiting?
Do we really believe He won’t act? Do we truly believe He doesn’t see good and evil and is about the business of lifting His righteous ways? Could it be our strong-willed selves attempt a break-out of the submission kind?
Isn’t that ironic? A breakout from under the protective wings of our Father – the very best place to be.
“Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that kills the prophets, and stones those who are sent to her! How often I wanted to gather your children together, like a hen gathers her own brood under her wings, and you refused! Luke 13:34 WEB
Waiting keeps us under His wings. It brings us into a spiritually protected atmosphere. It assures we move when He does and not a moment too soon. It’s the place where His provision rests, provision of direction, physical needs, knowledge, understanding, and more. Faith builds in the wait, trust in the Lord, too. Why not trust Him and simply wait?
As we rest this last week in PS 37:7, can we agree to one thing?
Let’s be determined to wait well as God acts on behalf of His beloved.
Let’s sit with praise on our lips, throw offers of thanksgiving into the air, and hold expectation close in faith.
Grow and wait well, my friend. Hold Psalm 37:7 close for eternity.
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