Slowly, the Holy Spirit works in me to help me understand the passage. As a matter of fact, journaling Scripture—writing it out and then recording your observations—can be a form of scriptural meditation all its own. Another way we can practice Christian meditation is to purposely quiet our hearts before the Lord in silent prayer. If you are new to this, you might find it challenging at first, but be patient with yourself. Then give yourself permission to put everything aside for just a few minutes—your worries, to-do lists, whatever you need to do next—and be silent before God.
Just gently bring your heart and mind back to Jesus. Really let yourself slow down for a few minutes and wait for what God wants to show you. Who knows? Perhaps the fruit of your meditation will come to you in a dream as it did for Elias Howe! Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master, as the eyes of a maidservant to the hand of her mistress, so our eyes look to the Lord our God, till he has mercy upon us. There was a man in the land of Uz whose name was Job, and that man was blameless and upright, one who feared God and turned away from evil.
There were born to him seven sons and three daughters. He possessed 7, sheep, 3, camels, yoke of oxen, and female donkeys, and very many servants, so that this man was the greatest of all the people of the east. His sons used to go and hold a feast in the house of each one on his day, and they would send and invite their three sisters to eat and drink with them. And when the days of the feast had run their course, Job would send and consecrate them, and he would rise early in the morning and offer burnt offerings according to the number of them all.
The grass withers, and the flower falls, but the word of the Lord remains forever. Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. Now there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon, and this man was righteous and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel, and the Holy Spirit was upon him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. And keep the charge of the Lord your God, walking in his ways and keeping his statutes, his commandments, his rules, and his testimonies, as it is written in the Law of Moses, that you may prosper in all that you do and wherever you turn,.
For my decision is to gather nations, to assemble kingdoms, to pour out upon them my indignation, all my burning anger; for in the fire of my jealousy all the earth shall be consumed. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Waiting for our blessed hope, the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ,. For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
The ox knows its owner, and the donkey its master's crib, but Israel does not know, my people do not understand. They have forsaken the Lord , they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged. Why will you still be struck down? Why will you continue to rebel? The whole head is sick, and the whole heart faint. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly. I will lift up my hands toward your commandments, which I love, and I will meditate on your statutes.
Trust in the Lord , and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. But do not overlook this one fact, beloved, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
This is the Lord ; we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation. Joseph of Arimathea, a respected member of the Council, who was also himself looking for the kingdom of God, took courage and went to Pilate and asked for the body of Jesus. But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you. Little children, you are from God and have overcome them, for he who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.
So that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift, as you wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ,. Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, Jesus who delivers us from the wrath to come. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart.
Then each one will receive his commendation from God. I will rebuke the devourer for you, so that it will not destroy the fruits of your soil, and your vine in the field shall not fail to bear, says the Lord of hosts. For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord , plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope. Are there any among the false gods of the nations that can bring rain?
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Or can the heavens give showers? Are you not he, O Lord our God? I will make a way in the wilderness and rivers in the desert. Time will tell if these are empty words from a desperate man, or an honest acknowledgement of a sovereign God that will lead to repentance and surrender. I have prayed for the Lord to help me to wait well. Your words written here are part of the answer to that prayer, a great help, practical and tangible advice I can choose every day. Thank you so much for writing them. By the way, I too suffer from depression.
I am praying that the Lord will lift you up, just as He has lifted me, and fill you with peace, joy, and hope as you wait in the circumstances He has allowed for you. God bless you richly, beloved brother. I identify with your experience and the Lord certainly showed His sovereign grace to me and my family. I pray He manifested Himself in that circumstance to you and your family.
I pray your husband is a genuine Godly Christian man-husband-father walking with the Lord now; hungering His Word and applying it to His life. May God bless your continued efforts and equip you to keep waiting on Him day-by-day! Stephen, How do you do what you are doing? You are actually doing what you know you should be doing.
How do you do that?
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How do you do what you are doing? You have encouraged me to wait, to renew my mind by the washing of the word, and to ACCEPT that truly I am set free from depression by the cup of the new covenant; there is new life in the blood and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I belong to God, it is early in the morning, this is the day I shake off the bands of unworthiness. He calls me by name. Yes, take courage, dear heart.
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This is helpful; thank you! My recent experience has affirmed these truths. God led me to three scriptures that have helped me tremendously:. When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul. God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Thank you so much this article is very very blessed it build my faith in Christ Jesus our Lord and Saviour! I needed to read this! I am a divorced mother with 3 beautifull daugthers and i am the only breadwinner and trust the Lord for a miracle a breakthrough in my situation i thank the Lord Jesus that He is my Husband and my Provider!!!
Wow… the waiting is so hard. Doing nothing… the waiting has caused my business to be at the brink of complete destruction. Sooo lost. Today we vote, although I voted early. It is hard to wait to see what God is going to bring out of all the fighting in our nation. I have to constantly guard against angry feelings and judgments, to see others who have a different opinion from me as a person whom God also made. Nicely done, Stephen! I appreciate your words and even encouragement. Life has just felt pretty… …crappy eloquent language, I know. Nevertheless, it still feels…hard.
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To bring a spouse. To give life a barren womb. To repair a once-treasured, now shattered relationship. Thankfully, Scripture itself is a story of waiting. You might say that the entire narrative of scripture is one of waiting. Here are four ways. What if God leaves us hanging?
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What if he fails to come through at the most crucial time? Proverbs spells it out clearly: When life is in shambles, one of our greatest temptations is to lean on our own understanding. I love how John Piper puts it : God is always doing 10, things in your life, and you may be aware of three of them.
Waiting that honors God is characterized by faith in his character. Waiting that honors God is characterized by persistent pleas for deliverance. When it comes to having to wait on God to deliver me… …again, not so patient. Psalm is a sharp reminder of how God operates: If something is good for me, God will give it to me at the appropriate time. It was good for David to be king of Israel, but first, he had to hide in the desert caves. It will be glorious when Christ returns, but first, the full number of people must be saved.
God doesn't serve up undercooked blessings. Click to Tweet. Waiting for God forces me to ask: Do I believe that God is good? Thank you so much for sharing. Isaiah NIV Thank you for your post. Blessings, Virginia. No pun intended, but this message came at the right time for me. Pingback: Take a Pique Wield The Word. Hi Sandy, I identify with your experience and the Lord certainly showed His sovereign grace to me and my family.
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