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Devotional - week of September 23, 2012


 WAITING

 

Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him.  Isaiah 30:18

 

This verse begins and ends with an emphasis on “waiting.” First, there is a reference to the waiting of God on His children and then a reference to His children waiting on Him.

 

Because of threats from Assyria, the leadership of the Jews sent treasures to Egypt to pay them for protection. Verse one says that they have added sin on sin by their ignoring God. He was waiting on the Jews to repent and return to faith in Him rather than them having faith in the Egyptians.

 

God tells the Jewish nation that those who wait on Him will be blessed. The Jews were waiting on God to bless them as He was waiting on them to return to  dependence on Him. Waiting on God calls for faith in God and patience.

 

Christians will not have to wait long on God when we wait on Him in repentance and faith instead of looking to someone else to meet our needs.

 

Galatians 5:22 says that "the fruit of the Spirit is … faith." When one lives out the life of grace, he will be filled with the Holy Spirit and faith in God will come. As we continue to live the life of grace we will continue to be filled with the Holy Spirit and the result will be a growing faith.

 

God’s promise in Isaiah 30:18 still stands. Those who wait on the Lord will be blessed. God never fails to keep His promises.

 

For all the promises of God in Him [Jesus] are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. 2 Corinthians 1:20.