Friday, September 17, 2021

Hope When You're Waiting


BySarah Geringer 

Be strong, and let your heart take courage,
all you who wait for the Lord!

Psalm 31:24 ESV

What are you waiting for? All of us are waiting for something. It can be difficult to wait, especially when you feel afraid, or if you’ve been waiting for a long time.

As I look back on times of waiting, I can see when I lost hope. It's usually when I gave up praying - not because I thought God wouldn't answer, but when I thought the situation couldn't change. But I wish I would have kept on praying. The prayers themselves tethered me to hope and made me stronger in my faith.

When we choose to hope in the Lord while we wait, we can feel more secure. Hope helps us keep our eyes fixed on God rather than our fears. It strengthens us to wait for a few more hours, days, weeks, months or even years, knowing the Lord is at our side.

Relying on God’s strength rather than your own can help you wait with courage. To gain more courage while you wait today, reflect on a time when you waited with hope in the Lord and how that helped you before. 

May your heart find new hope each moment you are waiting, and may your trust grow in God’s faithfulness.

Here's a prayer to encourage you too:

Father God,

You know what I'm waiting for today.

You know how hard it is for me to keep waiting.

I confess that sometimes I let go of hope in my wait. 

But I want to be strong in your strength, Lord.

Give me courage to keep waiting and keep choosing hope.

Show me glimpses of hope even in my wait today.

In Jesus' name,


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