Daily Devotional: Psalms 119:81-88
81 My soul faints with longing for your salvation, but I have put my hope in your word. 82 My eyes fail, looking for your promise; I say, "When will you comfort me?" 83 Though I am like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget your decrees. 84 How long must your servant wait? When will you punish my persecutors? 85 The arrogant dig pitfalls for me, contrary to your law. 86 All your commands are trustworthy; help me, for men persecute me without cause. 87 They almost wiped me from the earth, but I have not forsaken your precepts. 88 Preserve my life according to your love, and I will obey the statutes of your mouth.
While we are not sure of the exact number of years, we know that God promised to give Abraham a son for at least 25 years before it came to pass. Joseph spent most of his “prime” years as a slave and prisoner before God put him in a position to accomplish his life’s work. Moses “failed” in his attempt to free his fellow Hebrews from their bondage and then spent the next 40 years as a shepherd on the mountains of a foreign country. It was then that God said he was ready to use him as the deliverer.
It certainly would have been easier for each of these to trust God if he had just done his work immediately. Yet, it was the wait for God that truly demonstrated the faith of each one of them. They realized that God never lies and his word is always faithful. They also realized that God would do things in his way and in his time. It was their place to trust him and be faithful to him.
We get impatient today. Our pain continues. Our sorrow seems to go unabated or we see no end to our troubles. We look for a light at the end of the tunnel, never realizing that God is that light. We, like Joseph, need to make the best of every situation and trust God to take care of the results. God blessed him as a slave in the house of Potipher and then when imprisoned wrongly and forgotten, God blessed him again. He could not have understood why these things were happening at the time but he never doubted God was in control. We can do the same in our lives and find peace and contentment, no matter what the situation or circumstance we find ourselves in today.
Heavenly Father, I thank you for your love for me. I know there are times I don’t see that love because I am looking to myself instead of looking to you. I forget that you are in control and try to take charge without you. Please increase my faith and forgive my worry and my fear. You have blessed me greatly and I do thank you and ask you to help me use all I have and all I am to your glory. Help me to humbly show others how to live for you and not just tell them. Please be with those who are sick and hurting. I pray in the name of Jesus.