40 Days of Prayer – Day 20
Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! Psalm 27:14
Waiting. It’s something that all of us dread in life. Whether waiting in line at the grocery store or at the roundabouts in the mornings when running late to school, it’s something that no one enjoys doing. Yet, throughout the Bible we are commanded to wait on the Lord. Waiting on the Lord means resting assured in God’s Word that regardless of the circumstances and difficulties we face in this life, God guarantees his protection and guidance. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” However, the question to be answered is how we will wait. Psalm 27:14 encourages us to wait for the Lord with courage and strength so that we will produce perseverance and patience until the time comes that Jesus returns. As much as we detest waiting, it is not something that we can avoid in life; so we should embrace it with courage and strength and not with anger or frustration. If you are anything like me, you find yourself, more often than not, embracing waiting with anger and frustration rather than with courage and strength. In that case, we must remember that God is in control and that being frustrated or angry about anything out of your control is foolish. Therefore, the next time you find yourself waiting on the Lord remember to have courage and strength and know that your waiting is not in vain for the Lord will return again.
Junior Grady Drish
- SCS Board: Brenden Craig, David Fetveit, Tom George, Kristen Heck, Luke Knoll, Justin McKerrow, John Thomas, Mike Thompson, Ray Thompson
- Give thanks that he hears the prayers of many people all over the earth and listens to all of our cries for help.
Joshua 4:15-24: And the Lord said to Joshua, “Command the priests bearing the ark of the testimony to come up out of the Jordan.” So Joshua commanded the priests, “Come up out of the Jordan.” And when the priests bearing the ark of the covenant of the Lord came up from the midst of the Jordan, and the soles of the priests’ feet were lifted up on dry ground, the waters of the Jordan returned to their place and overflowed all its banks, as before.
The people came up out of the Jordan on the tenth day of the first month, and they encamped at Gilgal on the east border of Jericho. And those twelve stones, which they took out of the Jordan, Joshua set up at Gilgal. And he said to the people of Israel, “When your children ask their fathers in times to come, ‘What do these stones mean?’ then you shall let your children know, ‘Israel passed over this Jordan on dry ground.’ For the Lord your God dried up the waters of the Jordan for you until you passed over, as the Lord your God did to the Red Sea, which he dried up for us until we passed over, so that all the peoples of the earth may know that the hand of the Lord is mighty, that you may fear the Lord your God forever.”