29 Mar Waiting Takes Courage
Read Psalm 27 (NLT)
Thought for the Day: Waiting takes courage!
In the Ancient World, many of the greatest settlements had mighty walls encircling them providing protection from invaders. Because of these defenses, invading armies were unable to immediately sweep in and conquer a city. Military commanders would begin a siege by marching an army to the city gates, circling the walls, and cutting off supplies from getting into the city. The people would grow restless from a lack of food, water, and most of all hope. Simultaneously, the city leaders would have to make a choice: Could they hold out until their allies would arrive, or would it be better to surrender immediately?
Psalm 27 reminds us that in moments when we feel like we are under siege, we can remember that God is our ally. Most importantly, God will never leave us high and dry. Therefore, even the most difficult siege is simply an opportunity for us to trust Him: “Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.” The confidence we experience from God gives us an opportunity to wait on Him who is our greatest ally.
Each of us experiences times when we feel like we are under siege. When we experience unexpected setbacks like an illness, loss of a job, or another major life crisis, it is easy to feel blindsided and become fearful. However, let’s remember that even when we face the most difficult challenges, we can have the confidence to wait on God. We don’t need to make grand gestures or try to solve everything all at once. Our courage is built when we pray and wait on God.
When life makes no sense and we feel under siege, let’s have the courage to wait!
Pastors Stan and David