Hope Demands That We Wait
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning…Put your hope in the Lord, for with the Lord is unfailing love and with him is full redemption. - Psalm 130: 5-7
It is hope that drives the world. If we did not believe in some force or authority outside of ourselves we would be in complete despair. That is why people submit to governments; they need a power greater than themselves to do what they cannot do.
We know that every institution of man, including government, is limited in its ability to protect and provide for our needs. We need something greater than an institution established and run by men. We need to be connected to a hope of divine origin and authority.
The psalmist in this passage is reminding us that the Lord is that hope. His love is eternal and His care for us is unending. When we have made Him the source of our hope then it is not difficult to wait for Him to be our answer.
When we recognize our own limitations, it becomes easier to surrender our will to God and trust his sufficiency as we wait on him.
Don’t despair, but wait upon Him. He is the All Sufficient one.
Prayer: OK God, there are times when I become anxious and waiting on you is difficult. At times I think I can do it myself and there is no need to wait. Grant me the grace to trust you and to have faith that you, and you alone, hold the key to my future and you offer hope if I will just wait on you. In Jesus name.
Message: When we have made God the source of our hope then it is not difficult to wait for Him to be our answer. When we recognize our own limitations it becomes easier to surrender our will to God and trust his sufficiency as we wait on him.
Affirmation: I rest in the hope that God is my source for every difficult situation.
Reflection: What is David saying when he says, "I wait for the Lord and in his word I put my hope"? Does recognizing our own limitations imply weakness on our part? Examine yourself to see if your trust is in the government, the economy, or perhaps even your family.
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