One of my favorite daily devotional books is “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young. Not only did today’s message serve as a reminder for me, but it also includes one of my favorite scriptures, Isaiah 40:31.
Waiting on Me
Waiting on Me means directing your attention to Me in hopeful anticipation of what I will do. It entails trusting me Me with every fiber of your being, instead of trying to figure things out yourself. Waiting on Me is the way I designed you to live: all day, every day. I created you to stay conscious of Me as you go about your daily duties.
I have promised many blessings to those who wait on Me: renewed strength, living above one’s circumstances, resurgence of hope, awareness of My continual Presence. Waiting on Me enables you to glorify Me by living deep dependence on Me, ready to do My will. It also helps you to enjoy Me; in My Presence is fullness of Joy. (Lamentations 3:24-26; Isaiah 40:31; Psalm 16:11)
How many of us pray and talk to God with hopeful anticipation? I will go out on a limb here to suggest most of us probably pray a certain prayer once or twice, or perhaps several times, but then sit back and “wait” for God to show up? We tell ourselves we are “giving it to God,” when in reality we are simply distracted by other details in our lives, while HOPING we will be able to recognize when God responds in some way. I know I am guilty of this at times! And then we wonder why we aren’t getting the answers we are looking for. But are we directing our attention to Him in hopeful anticipation? With expectation? Or are we simply being distracted by life? God instructs us to seek him with anticipation, and to EXPECT him to answer our prayer. His answers are not always what we hope they will be, but at least we have a clear response when we seek God through His Word.
My encouragement for you today, is to not only “wait on God,” while going about your day, but to instead, stay conscious of Him throughout your day; take time out to Seek after Him and His will for you, while you wait…