“Wait for the LORD and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land;”
[In the midst of the twists and turns of life, the necessity of surrender is so clear: it is His timing and His way that are right, not mine. I must deny myself, take up His patience, obey what I know to be true and wait for His work. Guide me today, Lord, in walking in your way. Thank you that you will help us in your right timing.
What you do is always good, so your timing is good, your outcome is good. We can trust you and we choose to do so, praising you now for the outcomes of all before us, including Barbara’s depression.
“when the wicked are cut off, you will see it.”
[The outcome is sure–am I willing to wait for it, to join you in what you are doing now, Lord, leaving it to you to deal with the wicked? Or will I, in my arrogance, rush out in my own strength and time to battle foes far to powerful for me?
Help me to rest in the outcome you promise and to endure through the misunderstanding of others, the disapproval of others, the negatives of their responses. Help me to think and live in truth. Help those who oppose me to see truth also, to surrender to you, to come to walk in your light.
Praise you, Lord God, that you are the Winner, the Victor, the triumphant One in the end–always. Praise be to you for your power, your wisdom, your patience, your grace and your goodness. We can wait for you, knowing that you will go before us, giving us light in this dark valley and leading us out the other side, strengthening and maturing us along the way.
Help us all to endure, to move through with your power, listening to you, doing what is right and best, cooperating with you rather than doing our own thing in our own timing. Help us to avoid the mistake of Abraham, who in his impatience, fathered Ishmael, bringing trouble on many. We submit to you, Lord, for you are the wise One, the good One, the holy One.
I thank you for the certainty of your being with me through this day, of my being able to join you in what you are doing. Show me continually how to do this and I praise you now for the help you will give.]