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)