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Rest and Wait

Week 46, Wednesday

Mary Mohler

Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Psalm 37:7 (nasb)

How do we wait? Are we supposed to be smiling and carefree all the time? Should we keep looking at our watches and drumming our fingers?

No, according to this verse, we are to be patient in our waiting and simply rest. That is easier said than done. Picture a small child who huffs and puffs while waiting for his turn with a toy. I fear that we all know some adults who wait that way. Our humility should remind us that anytime we wait on the Lord, there is a reason—it’s no mistake. His timing is never too slow or too fast. He knows the plans He has for us. His ways are not our ways.

We should long to be in step with His timing. The absolute worst place...

Pray for Others As They Wait

Week 46, Tuesday

Mary Mohler

And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. Psalm 39:7 (esv)

Would that we would resonate with the psalmist that our hope is simply in the Lord. We seem burdened by a long list of things for which we wait. Here are some common issues: marriage, motherhood, salvation of loved ones, healing from physical or mental disease, reconciliation of family or friends from a broken relationship, results from diet and lifestyle changes, freedom from addictions, employment, and deliverance from financial debt.

We, as believers, wait together for the Lord to produce fruit from the seeds we sow for the gospel. We wait for the resources needed to take the gospel to the ends of the earth, the horror of abortion to be outlawed, false religions to be exposed for what they are, and wars to cease.

We also have...

Wait in Patience

Week 46, Monday Mary Mohler Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him. Psalm 37:7 (esv) Waiting on the Lord is a familiar theme in Scripture—in fact we read the phrase “wait on the Lord” nine times in Psalms, seven times in Isaiah, and thirty times in all. We know that it is a biblical command, but waiting is not as easy as it sounds. Women in the Bible had to wait. Women like Sarah, Abigail, Ruth, and Mary waited. They waited for a spouse, children, healing, and change of circumstances. So much is different in the twenty-first century, but some of the issues related to waiting are exactly the same. We are simply more spoiled. We don’t like to wait for anything. We have instant potatoes, instant diagnostics, and instant messaging. We want what we want now. So we get frustrated when the light doesn’t turn green, the Skype connection is lost, or test results...

Forgiveness in Christ

Week 45, Weekend Anya Roberts If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9 In the Word of the Lord, we find this wonderful verse. It has been a lifelong favorite verse for me. I’ve always loved it and have been encouraged by its wonderful truth. There are three things that come to mind as I think about this verse. The first one is that the Lord really does forgive our sins, and when He forgives us it is to forgive and to forget. As His Word has told us in several places, our sins are buried and they’re remembered no more. They are separated and divided as far as the east is from the west (see Psalm 103:12), and that’s a long way! What a wonderful reality it is to know that while we’ve all failed and we’ve all...

Revival Comes from God

Week 45, Friday

Anya Roberts

. . . Then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

This wonderful invitation to revival—spiritual renewal of the Lord—also tells us of the blessings God will bestow upon us when we humble ourselves, seek His face, and turn away from our sin. With our return to the Lord, He promises three things.

The first promise God makes is to hear us when we pray. Sometimes when we pray it can feel as if we are talking to thin air and no one hears our deepest pleas. We can be reassured and find comfort, however, that in our humble seeking of His face we are heard.

Not only are we heard, but in the second blessing God bestows on us, He promises to respond to what He hears. The response is forgiveness for our sin. It...

The Conditions for Revival

Week 45, Thursday

Anya Roberts

If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways . . . 2 Chronicles 7:14

How do you feel our country is doing spiritually? Do you sense and see there’s a need for true spiritual awakening and renewal? Are morals and values declining in a dramatic and disturbing fashion? Do you believe our nation as a whole has lost its vision and its sense of purpose driven by the providence and the plans of God? If so, then this verse will have great relevance and importance for you. I want us to note several important things about it, because it places a great obligation upon the people of the Lord. This shows us that if revival is to come, as by its very definition it should, it must come to His people...

Open the Door

Week 45, Wednesday Anya Roberts Behold, I stand at the door and knock; if anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20 (nasb) In the verse above, the Lord made a statement that has become one of the best known texts in the Bible. The meaning of the verse is that the Lord is right outside the church at Laodicea, asking for individuals to give Him His rightful place. What a beautiful view it gives us of the Lord Jesus, patient and pleading with men. Artist Holman Hunt has captured Jesus’ appeal here in his work. He painted a famous picture of Christ, The Light of the World, which depicts the Lord, wearing a crown of thorns, standing outside the human heart, patiently knocking and calling to let Him in. The story goes that someone said to the artist, “Mr. Hunt,...

Turn On the Light

Week 45, Monday Anya Roberts Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. . . . You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in your word. Psalm 119:105,114 (esv) Imagine what it would be like to live in a world without any electricity or even simpler lighting like kerosene or storm lamps. When night falls and the sun has set, the darkness would be complete. On occasion when I’ve been hiking in the mountains of Poland, far from a city, town, or road, I have been in almost complete darkness. When I was a young lady I loved to hike in the wilderness areas of my home country to get alone with God in the midst of the fabulous nature He created. It was so refreshing. But it was also essential that I have light with me. Without it I would be totally lost at night. All...

Sacrifice

Week 44, Weekend Dorothy Patterson For the Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with salvation. Psalm 149:4 The woman who is conscious of spiritual poverty is aware of her limitations. She does not have the character of the Pharisee, who felt no spiritual need. Rather she identifies with the publican, who in spiritual poverty confessed himself to be a sinner (see Luke 18:9-14). She not only recognizes her own spiritual shortcomings, but she also desires to be better though she has nothing with which to meet that need. This condition alone is necessary to enter the kingdom (see Matthew 5:3), and it is within the reach of everyone who is willing to accept God’s grace as a free gift. Remember the Syro-Phoenician woman, who did not receive the answer to her desperate petition until she became poor in spirit. This pagan woman made her request irresistible to God when she acknowledged Jesus as...

Be God-Sufficient

Week 44, Friday Dorothy Patterson But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2 Corinthians 12:9 The world says that you must believe in yourself, express yourself, and realize your own potential. Such self-reliance will supposedly guarantee you a place in the world. On the other hand, God’s way is for you to come face-to-face with Him. You are reduced, by His very presence, to being “poor in spirit.” Your life ends in the death of your own desires and willfulness; your joy bows to sorrow for your own sinfulness. The power of your being in control is swallowed up in His victory. Death, sorrow, pain, weakness—all these the Savior experienced in His journey to the cross. To merge your life with His, you must drink...