About 16 years ago I started writing scriptures on index cards for memorization. Memorizing really anything has never been one of strengths. I remember telling my pastor, who I was working for at the time, that I was frustrated because I couldn't recall scripture like I wanted to. He encouraged me to start writing them on cards, and repeat them daily. Well, the habit still continues to this day. It’s a great way to learn God’s word.
This morning I was going through my stack, each speaking directly to my heart. As I went through…some memorized and some not so much…it was as if God was revealing a whole new insight of His word through each card. God’s word has been my profession nearly 25 years and it has never been dull to me. It’s alive and sharper than any two edge sword. I have gift for the 12th person who text me or emails me the reference to that scripture!
Anyways, I came across one of my more recent memory verses. I figured I’d share it with you all.
Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living. Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.
Confidence is hard to come by for some people. They struggle to make decisions and feel self-conscience in all situations. Also, on the other side, confidence can come across as arrogance if someone displays large amounts of it. So it can be bit of mixed bag. Either way the psalmist had confidence in the Lord. Which tells me, he had great amounts faith in God, and God was worth waiting for. You will never be wrong when you have confidence in God!
Confidence comes easy to us when we’re comfortable. When our comfort is taken away then we’re in a different ballgame all together. Our confidence is one of the first things to be challenged when our comfort is removed. One of the greatest depth measurements of our faith is for comfort to be removed. If comfort is removed does it indicate shallowness or depth? Tough question for all of us to consider.
It’s sounds like the psalmist’s confidence wasn’t going to wavier in any situation. He was believing God to do some good in the land of the living. Troubling times weighed heavily on Israel as well as the the psalmist. But, his mind was made up with confidence because he knew waiting on God was worth it. “Lord, let my confidence be like this one’s!” Church, God is worth it!
Wait patiently he says in verse 14. The psalmist willingness to wait for the Lord’s direction, miracles, or word demonstrates deep confidence in God. My step-mom would tell me as a boy, "Good things come to those who wait." I wasn't a good "waiter" I wanted it and I wanted it now. Still today I need to learn to wait better. I love it but Amazon hasn't helped me much in that area of my life either. Folks, wait patiently before the Lord and you'll see His blessings come pouring over your life. We all know waiting on God usually takes awhile. If we can’t wait patiently for the Lord then we’re going to struggle. I’ve seen so many walk away from the faith because they couldn’t wait on God’s timing. Remember, the right thing at the wrong time is always the wrong thing. But the right thing at the right time is always the right thing! Don’t give up, don’t ever give up!
Bravery and courage are two common factors we see in the Bible. During turbulent times God's people demonstrated incredible amounts of bravery and courage. The Holy Spirit gives you and I this bravery and courage to do experience the “that was 100% all God” moments. If your life requires bravery and courage then you're doing it right. I heard a pastor say once, "If it doesn't require courage then it's too small for God." Keeping the perspective that not everything in our lives need to be difficult and hard, but we certainly can't hide from it.
Satan prowls on those who don’t have the bravery to follow Christ the way they ought to. There is a reason the scripture uses the word "prowl." A lion will walk normally to travel from one place to another. But, when the lion prowls, it's for one reason and one reason only...to hunt! Be ready for those lurking lions. Have courage to face your Goliaths. They will always stand mockingly in front of you unless bravely pick up some rocks to strike down that tormenting giant.
God is worth it!