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Daily Encouragements

BY BENNIE McWHA

September 14

Wait – Psalm 130:5, 6

Why is it difficult to wait for the Lord?
Grandparents are not necessarily the ones to blame for spoiling grandchildren. The problem is that babies are born with a desire for instant gratification. It begins with food. Whenever they feel hungry, they want to be fed immediately—no matter what else is happening.

One way to determine maturity is to determine how long a person is willing to wait to satisfy his desires. If this measure is used, there are many people in the world who are still not mature. This is especially true in affluent societies. This is the reason businesses offer “easy” credit to almost anyone who desires it. This enables them to get whatever they desire, without having to wait until they have the money.

Listen to people praying, and you will discover many immature people asking God to do certain things—and to do them now. There do not seem to be very many people who honestly follow the Lord’s example, when He made a request of His Father but then prayed for His will to be done.

The Psalmist made three important statements in verse 5:

   “I wait for the LORD . . .” He did not demand instant gratification.

   “. . . my soul doth wait . . .” He patiently maintained control
of his mind, will, and emotions—seeking God’s will.

   “. . . and in his word do I hope.” He did not have the written Word, but He had God’s promises as the basis of his hope.

People who have serious problems often seem to think that it will all be better “in the morning.” These people are eager to see the sun rise with expectations of a good day. The Psalmist wrote, “My soul waiteth for the Lord more than they that watch for the morning: I say, more than they that watch for the morning” (v. 6). How about you? Do you trust God to do what is best for you, and are you willing to wait on Him?