Quiet Hope!
Verse for Today: Friday, January 06, 2012

Lamentations 3:26 – It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

The assurance we get from God each day is to keep hoping in Him and for Him. Once we put our absolute hope in God, our part in what we hope for is over and all that remains is for us to wait for His time. Our hope is about the future which is yet to arrive. Hope cannot be on the basis of sight because hope rests on faith in the unseen which is surely on its way. We hope by faith that what the Lord has promised will be fulfilled at His time. We do not have any choice in its time frame, place, shape, size or other particulars. All that we are told is that it is good for us to put our hope in the Lord and wait patiently for Him. Waiting is always for what the future holds which is unknown to us at present. It also involves trust in the person who has promised that He will accomplish what He has promised. We are reminded to wait quietly and don’t get agitated when the waiting gets going without clarity about how long we should continue to wait. But if we put all our trust in the Lord who has promised to look after our affairs and has asked us to wait, then we would quietly leave it at His feet and simply thank Him for what He is going to do in our lives at His time. Waiting requires us to develop patience and endurance. Waiting means that we would not be anxious or afraid about the future but believe that our future is absolutely secure in the mighty hands which control the future. Waiting also presupposes that we are not concerned as to when, how and where His promises will come true. Waiting means that the matter is with the Lord to handle according to His will and pleasure which will be always for our good. No good thing will He withhold from His children. This knowledge will strengthen the muscles of our faith. Thus we develop blind faith and hope in our Lord and simply believe in the future without seeing it. His time in fulfilling His promises is perfectly set in Heaven and will never be late or early. So it is best for us to wait patiently and leave our times and hope with the Lord.

Dear reader, have you been waiting for long for God to accomplish certain important things in your life? There is no need for you to think that time is running out because the Lord would not delay unduly to do what He has promised. But He wants to help develop and strengthen your faith to keep waiting for His time. As you wait, you are hoping in the Lord for His time to come. It is He who gives you the capacity to wait. He treats your capacity to wait as a sign of your maturity in the life of faith. Waiting for the Lord’s time helps you to develop the great virtue of patience. You need not be agitated about waiting for long and take your hands off the matter, leaving it completely to the Lord. Your waiting is the declaration of your willingness to remain inactive till the Lord makes His move first. It is the pronouncement that you put all your trust in the Lord and are taking your hands off your situations. It is full and absolute surrender to the will of the Lord. Quietly waiting is your willing submission to the Lord’s time for resolving your concerns. Thus you can enjoy His peace while waiting. He who has promised will come to you with answers to your situations at His perfect time. Sometimes your waiting will be over quickly as in the case of Joseph in the pit, Daniel in the lion’s den or the Hebrew youth in the furnace. At other times you wait for long like Abraham waited for Isaac, Joseph waiting for release from the dungeon or Hannah waiting for Samuel. But God’s time frame equips and enriches your life to enjoy His best at His best time. Today it is your privilege to wait for the Lord quietly by putting all your hope in Him where there will be no disappointments.

Psalms 27:14 – Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.

Thought for Today

Our waiting concretizes our faith and hope in the Lord to weather away storms, waves and flood.

QUIET HOPE!!
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