Today’s Scripture Selection: Psalm 40:1

“I waited patiently for the Lord; he turned to me and heard my cry.”

Some of us are better at waiting than others.  I know I certainly have had more than a few impatient moments.

But when I read these words from the Psalms; when I hear how God “lifted (David) out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire” I am reminded of God’s amazing – and very patient – grace.

As I read the shepherd poet’s testimony about how he had a “new song” in his mouth; a “hymn of praise” to God – because of his willingness to wait on God and God’s timing – it gives me hope.

When I am impatient; anxious to get moving ahead; hurriedly making decisions that might be anything but the right ones – the Scriptures remind me – wait.  Just wait.

Now, granted, sometimes waiting is more a sign of paralyzing fear or avoidance than a sign of spiritual or emotional maturity.

Sometimes we need to, as my parents might have said, “get the lead out” and start doing something – anything!

But, David – who made some rash and devastatingly poor and hasty choices of his own – reminds us.  Sometimes, we need to wait patiently for the Lord.  That is, if we don’t want to go down some very wrong paths.

I suppose it comes down to balance.

We need to develop a willingness to bravely take action, in faith, when needed; and also develop an equally important willingness to wait on guidance and help from God when needed.

How do we know which to do?

I suggest we learn that by first doing something that always helps matters: pray.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I patiently wait on you and your perfect guidance.  Help me to know when and how to act on that guidance as well.  AMEN.  

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