Waiting (Part II)

Day 09

“And He saved them from the hand of him that hated them, And redeemed them from the hand of the [Egyptian] enemy. And the waters covered their adversaries; not one of them was left. Then [Israel] believed His words [trusting and relying on them]; They sang His praise. But they quickly forgot His works. They did not [earnestly] wait for His plans [to develop] regarding them, but lusted exceedingly in the wilderness and tempted and tried to restrain God [with their insistent desires] in the desert.”

   – Psalms 106:10-14

It can be far too easy to forget the good things that God has done for us. The Israelites saw amazing miracles done by God many times, and quickly forgot them. We can get so busy trying to make everything just the way we want it that we lose sight of God and how amazing He is. Making a confession of faith and surrendering control over to God will lead us toward the life that He has for us. But there will still be waiting, and in the waiting we need to remember all that God has done for us. Psalms 103 says, “Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things He does for me.” I like to call this “rehearsing my victories.”

A few years ago, I found myself in a place where I wasn’t doing many things that I thought I’d be doing by that point in my life. I remember being so discouraged and sad. I cried out to the Lord for a solution, and the Holy Spirit reminded me of a journal my mom had bought me for Christmas the previous year. I took it out and started to write out my prayers in this journal. It was almost like a letter to God about how I was feeling in that moment. I listed out all the things I wanted to do with my life and the person I wanted to be. As I was writing those words I felt as if a weight had lifted off of my shoulders and it was replaced by total peace. I closed the journal and told God that even though there were many things that I wanted for my life, above all else, I wanted His will. And then I waited. Slowly, but surely, as I focused on pursuing my relationship with Jesus and not my own desires, God started opening up doors for me. Every time God did something in my life, big or small, I would write it down in that journal. I realized that many of the things on my list were coming to pass. It may not have been exactly what I had in mind, but it was always better. Writing down the things that God was doing in my life, and re-reading them, helped build my faith and encouraged me to keep waiting on Him. As soon as I let go and let God take full control, door after door was opened to me.

God’s timing is perfect. His will is perfect and you will never be disappointed when you wait on what He has for you. I encourage you to write down the things that God has done for you and the things that you’re believing Him for in the last, blank pages of this devotional. This will help you to never forget all that He has done for you, giving you extra encouragement to continually wait for His plans to develop in your life!

Let your light shine,