Here is the devotional:
It’s the word that can stir the deepest fear in the bravest heart.
“I’ll never find a job.”
“This will never get better.”
“I’ll never get married.”
“I’ll never have the child I long for.”
“He’ll never come home to me.”
It’s the lie that originates with our sinful nature, and it insists on putting a decisive end to all of our hopes. Don’t bother to dream, it whispers cruelly. You don’t deserve it. Stop wishing for what can never be.
And so we continue to drive the nails into the coffin of our dearest longings.
“The Lord will never answer my prayers.”
But this is the challenge of waiting on God. It’s the ability to keep hoping when the nevers of life bombard us—when the minutes, hours, days, and years tick away without any answers to our most passionate pleas at the throne of grace. It’s the faith to hang on to the Father on the long road when human reason tells us to give up.
If the nevers of life are discouraging you, if you’ve waited for the Lord to fulfill His promises to you, if you wonder why God has allowed such a lengthy delay in answering the deepest cries of your heart—if that’s where you are, friend—then this is the right reading plan for you. If you look, you’ll find meaning and hope in these times of waiting on the Lord to respond. Though you don’t see Him working, you can know for certain that He is because He guarantees that He “acts on behalf of the one who waits for Him” (Isa. 64:4).
Not only that, but the Father has an awesome plan for you—purposes that are fantastic, perfectly suited for you, and that will give ultimate meaning to your life. However, God also has a very specific schedule—one that’s often vastly different from what you’d expect, may have you wait far beyond what makes you comfortable, and most likely will make you feel that all earthly hope is gone so that you’ll rely solely upon Him (2 Cor. 1:9).
What I intend to show you throughout the devotions that follow is that the only “never” you should focus on is that God will never let you down (Deut. 31:6, 8). So whatever it is you yearn for—no matter how long you have to wait—you can trust the Father to lead you. And you can know for absolute certain that He has your very best interest in mind.
Here are the scriptures referenced:
For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what he hath prepared for him that waiteth for him.
Isaiah 64:4 KJV
But we had the sentence of death in ourselves, that we should not trust in ourselves, but in God which raiseth the dead:
2 Corinthians 1:9 KJV
Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the Lord thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.
Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV
And the Lord, he it is that doth go before thee; he will be with thee, he will not fail thee, neither forsake thee: fear not, neither be dismayed.
Deuteronomy 31:8 KJV
Here are Stu’s thoughts:
The beginning of this one almost sounds the Bible Study we did entitled Satan’s Lies | God’s Replies that was like 30 days long. But this one is not that long.
I believe though it may fall along the same lines.
I don’t know about you but I know dang well I have said all those things…well except the he’ll never come home to me one….lol
I am in a season that almost seems never ending. It has been a couple of years now. But I keep hoping for the breakthrough. I just wish it would happen soon.
I’m losing quality time with Angie over here…ughhh
I love the verse in Isaiah where he says waits on the Lord. Do you realize how many times we have mucked up God’s blessings by jumping the gun?
We jump the gun to get what we want and even though it is an answered prayer. It may cause problems in life because we didn’t wait on God’s perfect timing. That is hard for God’s timing in NOTHING like our timing.
We have the I want it now timing. We may want and we may get it. But if it doesn’t coincide with God’s timing there will be issues.
You want that new car so bad. You go ahead and make the purchase yet God knows what is around the corner. Boom your wife finds out she is pregnant. What do you do? Nursery, diapers, baby food, clothes or a car payment?
You want that relationship so bad you jump at the first man or woman that shows any “real” interest. Yet the man or woman God had chosen for you is miles away being prepared by God to be yours.
Now you are stuck in a relationship that is not working and just after a few months. And you wonder why?
These scenarios can just go on and on and on….
But we MUST somehow learn to grasp is this…
God loves you and cares about your well being.
God loves you and is working on your behalf every hour of every day.
God loves you and knows when the timing is right to where everything falls into place.
God loves you and goes before you every step you make to open doors or close doors. Don’ try to shove your foot into a door that he is closing. Oh, he’ll let you walk through it alright. But dang the problems that may arise…
That time I tried to buy that car and got scammed…yeah that was me jumping the gun. And it cost big time! I’m not doing that again!
Sometimes I actually do learn my lesson…
Let’s see what ole Charles is going to teach us over the next few days. I already like this one.