IDOK Devotion for Monday, March 8, 2010
God Waits Too
Good Morning, Dear Friends who keep me accountable; meeting with you daily at this screen is a privilege I do not take lightly as without you ABBA only knows where I’d be. As my beloved says from time to time, “thanks for putting up with me.”
We’ve had a busy weekend around here, starting on Friday and so on Friday I didn’t sit to write, nor Saturday nor Sunday. And this morning 45 minutes have already slipped by and this page is still nearly blank.
I often, perhaps you too, think of myself as waiting on God. This morning Psalm 65 has reminded me that God waits too. And He’s been waiting longer than you or I ever have or ever shall wait on Him.
Psalm 65:1 Praise is awaiting You, O God, in Zion;
And to You the vow shall be performed.
My Bible study notes tell me this verse describes a time to come for which God has been waiting since the fall of man, when Eve took a bite into sin and mankind and all creation fell beneath the curse. This event is also described in Romans 8:(NKJV) 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors with birth pangs together until now.
Allow yourself as best you can to imagine how long ABBA has been waiting to see His creation restored to what He made and what He intended it to be before we messed it up. Are you in AWE of His patience? I don’t know how the Holy Spirit might individually apply this to each of us today, but I am trusting He will.
Let me give you a little more of Psalm 65 – I urge you to go on-line or pick up your own treasured copy of ABBA’s Word to you and read the whole Psalm but until then here’s a few more verses to whet your appetite.
2 O You who hear prayer,
To You all flesh will come.
3 Iniquities prevail against me;
As for our transgressions,
You will provide atonement for them.
4 Blessed is the man You choose,
And cause to approach You,
That he may dwell in Your courts.
We shall be satisfied with the goodness of Your house,
Of Your holy temple.
Ain’t that the truth!
Holy Spirit, I ask You to apply this Word to us individually as you will. You certainly know about waiting and surely You will empower us to wait. You never ask of us anything that You have not already done. You really are AWESOME.
As we begin this new week, help us begin well and finish well. I’m starting off with my ‘scheduling’ off, redeem it I pray. And for anything that is ‘off’ for any of us this morning, I ask You to redeem it. For Moms whose morning may start off rushed and chaotic I ask You to redeem it. Somehow sing us a song or recite a portion of Your Word, something that will enable us to step back from jumping into a flesh fit with both feet and instead hold onto Your Peace and refuse to let it go.
And now we pray for all our IDOK and Reader families; as I pray for my own, ABBA, that hedge of protection around my daughters and my sons and my grandchildren, that hedge to keep out anything that would eternally harm them, and those prickly thorns on the inside that is just enough to remind them to back away from sin, that is just enough to remind them to do the right thing today for Your Sake, Jesus.
We also pray now for each one spoknen here; You know the cry of their hearts and we ask You to be merciful. We ask You to comfort them; sit and speak peace to them – pour out Your Grace and Sweet Presence to them. And we don’t want to leave out anyone here. We pray for strength and help and healing for each one just the way You want to do it, ABBA. I pray for the peace of Israel and for the redemption of Your Creation just as You have been waiting all this time. And, thank You, Jesus, for saving us. Thank You for being the Atonement we had to have to enable us to love You and call You, ABBA. Amen and Amen