Today’s meditation

Waiting on God

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When the people saw how long it was taking Moses to come back down the mountain, they gathered around Aaron. “Come on,” they said, “make us some gods who can lead us. We don’t know what happened to this fellow Moses, who brought us here from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 32:1 NLT)

God often does not accomplish things on our timetable. Human figures in our lives that lead us often seem absent or ineffective in making us secure. The issue may be who is the source of our security. Waiting on God can either build our faith or fortify our unbelief.

God’s timing is always perfect, but according to human standards can seem a bit tardy. The Lord is not just into accomplishing things but changing lives. What brings change to our lives? It’s faith. The Bible says, “The just shall live by faith.” Waiting for God can increase or decrease our trust in him. Many have a fast food faith. If God does not bring immediate answers to our prayers, like Aaron and the people, we turn to idols such as our self-sufficiency to manage our lives. “Wait” is what broke the wagon down. Delay, if not embraced as part of God’s sovereignty, can do the same for our faith. Belated-fulfillment of our expectations always creates a measure of doubt. Without doubt, faith may never grow. It all comes down to; do we trust in God?

Isaiah 40: 31 says, “But those who wait on the Lord will find new strength. They will soar high on wings like eagles. They will run and not grow weary. They will walk and not faint.” I guess we can fly in faith like an eagle, or we can walk in unbelief like a turkey.

 By Ken Barnes

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The Right Prayer

“O Lord thou knowest, remember me, and visit me” (Jer. 15.15).

We need to pray continually that our loving God may give us that spiritual desire which the Psalmist breathes in these words: ‘Remember me, O Lord’. It does not require a very long prayer to express our desire to know God. It requires only simple faith.

Once, a small child was learning English in school. He was learning the letters: abc. Then one day he began to pray. He said: ‘Lord, a b c d.’ After a moment’s silence he prayed again: e f g h I j k l m n o p q…’ ‘My child, what are you doing?’ interrupted his mother. ‘I am praying,’ said the child. ‘What are you praying?’ ‘Mother, I don’t know how to spell, but God can spell. You say b a t is bat, c a t is cat, f a t is fat. I do not know how to spell even simple words, so I am giving the letters to God and He can do the spelling.’ That child had the right attitude. He was praying with faith. Whether or not you know how to use proper words in prayer does not matter. The question is, do you pray in faith? Can you truthfully say: ‘Yes, Lord, I believe you will remember me. Remember me, O Lord, remember!’ These are only simple words, but let them come from the heart. Do not look at yourself, or your condition, or even at your sins and failures. Look away to Him, your loving and living Saviour who loves you more than anybody else, whether father, mother, wife, brother, sister, child or friend.

Meditation by Bakht Singh

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