Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Everyone is familiar with the “count to ten” rule. When tempted to speak impulsively or rashly, walk away while counting to ten—ten seconds or possibly ten minutes. Waiting before speaking can often calm one’s emotions. Likewise, when tempted to make an impulsive purchase: Wait ten days, then decide if the purchase is something you really need. Often you will decide the item is a “want” rather than a “need,” and the money you save will be most welcome.
Waiting in a hurry-up world is not easy. That’s especially true when it comes to waiting on the Lord. God’s timetable doesn’t change; He acts according to His purpose and will. We may be in a hurry, but God is not. (There are no instances of Jesus running in the four Gospels!) When we are tempted to launch out or lash out, waiting on God for His wisdom and perspective often provides the calming guidance we need.
Are you in a hurry today? Remember—God is not. Walking with Him, at His pace, will get us where we need to be at the right time.
Teach us, O Lord, the disciplines of patience, for to wait is often harder than to work. Peter Marshall
Psalm 27:14 KJV – Faith, Trust, Believe
“Thank You” Bible Style: Hannah
My heart rejoices in the Lord. 1 Samuel 2:1
In the book of Philippians, the apostle Paul said, “Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord” (3:1). He also wrote, “Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice!” (4:4) These are the only times that phrase occurs in the New Testament. Paul, who loved his “books” and “parchments” was quoting from the prayer of an Old Testament hero—Hannah. In 1 Samuel 1, Hannah was distraught beyond comfort, being tormented by her circumstances. Going to the tabernacle in Shiloh, Hannah earnestly prayed over her situation, and God graciously answered. In chapter 2, she composed a rich hymn of thanksgiving, which began with the words Paul later used to encourage the Philippians: “Rejoice in the Lord.”
Hannah teaches us that our expressions of joyful thanksgiving reverberate through history. When we exhibit a thankful attitude, it’s transmitted to others; through them it reaches even more people. Our attitudes are passed down through the generations. If we’re angry or depressed or sullen or anxious, our children will absorb those attitudes. But when we approach life with a joyful spirit of thanksgiving, it leaves a lasting legacy.
So rejoice in the Lord always. And again I say: Rejoice!
Joy is the serious business of Heaven. C. S. Lewis
Hannah’s prayer (1 Samuel 2) – by Ismael Sanchez Torreguitart
Preparations Are Made
Then He will also say to those on the left hand, “Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels.” Matthew 25:41
For children, maybe the best part of a Thanksgiving road trip to the grandparents’ house is the expectation of what has been prepared: a house filled with wonderful aromas from the kitchen; a fire in the fireplace; Grandpa’s huge leaf pile to jump in; and probably a surprise or two from Grandma for the little ones. Preparations carry out purposes.
The same could be said about the preparation God has made for those redeemed through faith in Christ. Revelation 21–22, with its portrait of the New Jerusalem and the eternal state is enough to make us eager for eternity. But there is another eternal preparation being made for the devil and his demons: everlasting fire. Nowhere does the Bible suggest that those angels who followed Satan out of heaven will have the opportunity to repent and be saved. Their fateful choice to rebel against God leaves them with no hope.
But not us! We who bear the image of God and are reconciled to Him through Christ have an eternal hope and home prepared and waiting for our arrival (John 14:1-4).
All the places in heaven and hell are reserved. John Blanchard
The Sheep And The Goats – (Matthew 25:31-46)
“Thank You” Bible Style: Miriam
And Miriam answered them: “Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!” Exodus 15:21
We first meet Miriam in Exodus 2 when she was a child on the banks of the River Nile watching her baby brother’s voyage in a basket. We next see her in Exodus 15, an aged woman on the shores of the Red Sea, joining her brother in joyful praises of thanksgiving for Israel’s deliverance. Miriam is the first soloist in the history of hymnody. As the Israelites realized God had miraculously saved them at the Red Sea, someone hastily wrote a hymn of praise, which is the first recorded song in the Bible (Exodus 15:1-19). The assembly sang it. “Then Miriam the prophetess, the sister of Aaron, took the timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances. And Miriam answered them: ‘Sing to the Lord’” (Exodus 15:20-21).
Like Miriam, we have our share of difficulty and danger; but a thankful spirit keeps us praising Him who makes a way when there seems to be no way. From childhood to old age, we should sing our thanksgivings to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously!
True thanksgiving is not a selfish emotion gratified by prosperity, but a vital grace in the soul, existing independent of circumstances. Charles Wadsworth
Don Moen – I Will Sing Live – Concert Video
Praise the Lord! Praise the Lord from the heavens; praise Him in the heights! Praise Him, all His angels; praise Him, all His hosts! Psalm 148:1-2
We regularly learn about the discovery of an entirely new species of plant or animal found somewhere on the planet—often in the depths of the ocean or the heart of a jungle. When that happens, it reminds us of the mysteries of God’s creation over which we have been made stewards.
As well as mysteries on earth, there are mysteries in the heavens. Not complete mysteries, for we have been given glimpses in Scripture of what lies beyond our sight. Angels fall into the category of “known” but not “well known.” Angels exist for sure—they are mentioned nearly three hundred times in the Bible. But they are invisible to us (Jacob saw angels in a dream, but not while awake—Genesis 28:12), yet apparently all around us (Psalm 103:20; Hebrews 1:14). All appear to have been originally loyal to God, but some rebelled and fell from His presence (Matthew 25:41; Revelation 12:9). They are invisible to us but innumerable before God (Revelation 5:11).
Someday all mysteries will be revealed. Until then, glory today in the wondrous works of God—including His angels.
Humility is the ornament of angels, and pride the deformity of devils. William Jenkyn
Psalm 148: Let All Praise the Name of the Lord
You, O Lord, are a shield for me, my glory and the One who lifts up my head. Psalm 3:3
When the apostle Paul told us to take up the shield of faith (Ephesians 6:16), he was harkening back to the Psalms, where God is likened to a shield around us. Psalm 5:12 says that God surrounds us with favor as with a shield. Psalm 18:30 says, “The word of the Lord is proven; He is a shield to all who trust in Him.” Psalm 28:7 says, “The Lord is my strength and my shield; my heart trusted in Him, and I am helped.”
Satan’s destructive missiles cannot penetrate the presence of God around us or the promises of God available to us. When you acknowledge Christ as your Lord and become a recipient of His grace, Satan cannot gain the victory over you. The darts of Satan cannot pierce our protective shield of faith.
If you feel under attack, remember the truth of verses like Psalm 84:11: “For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.”
The Lord God is to me both a Sun and a Shield; a sun to enlighten and comfort me, a shield to protect and defend me. Matthew Henry
Sun and Shield