Devotion for May 22, 2023

“For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor; no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” (Psalms 84:11)

Often the toughest times in life are those moments when all we know about God doesn’t seem to help or get us the results we want. That’s when we learn about His silence. Whenever God doesn’t say a word, He’s teaching, even in stillness. He’s allowing us to grow by encouraging us to think, study and arrive at conclusions while He stands by like the loving parent He is.

Faith comes by hearing, but patience comes by silence. Patience is what God gives you when bad things remain unchanged. It’s His sedative for the troubled heart. It’s the balm He rubs into your aching muscles when it feels like you’re being stretched to the breaking point. These are the times when the pain lasts so long that only God can release the patience required — the sheer grace to get you through it.

There are great benefits to waiting. For example, if you learn to wait and observe, you’ll make better choices. The thing you think you can’t live without today, you may be glad to live without tomorrow. “No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” So when God says, “Wait,” trust Him. Either it’s not what you need at this time, or He has something better in mind for you. You say, “But what am I going to do in the meantime?” The Bible says, “Wait on the Lord; be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart” (Psalm 27:14, NKJV). Stop fussing, stop pushing, allow God to work and you’ll come out of this stronger and with a better result.


Lord, as a sinful human being, I rush headlong into situations and decisions. Show me Your love and teach me patience to deal with the things of this life. Help me to wait when it’s the one thing I don’t want to do. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Pastor Mike

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