AM Psalm 37:1-18; PM Psalm 37:19-42, Habakkuk 3:1-10(11-15)16-18; Philippians 3:12-21; John 17:1-8
Put your trust in the Lord and do good;
dwell in the land and feed on its riches.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he shall give you your heart’s desire.
Commit your way to the Lord and put your trust in him,
and he will bring it to pass.
Today’s lessons include the themes of living as a friend of Christ, growing into Christian maturity, and being good examples to one another. We accomplish all this not so much by our own efforts, but with the generous support and guidance God is pleased to give us. Our role in this lifelong process is to trust God and wait. “Trust in the Lord and do good” (Psalm 37:3). “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him” (Psalm 37:7).
“Wait for the Lord and keep to his way” (Psalm 37:34).
When I first started praying years ago, I unconsciously expected a quick answer. I didn’t expect “yes” every time I asked for something; the answer might be “no.” But I assumed God would respond right away, as if he were scratching the request off his list of things to do. It took a long time to learn that the answer might be something like “maybe” or “wait and see.”
Have you ever had the experience of reflecting on some situation in your life where the Holy Spirit was nudging you to help out, and you didn’t notice until it was too late? And when you noticed that you had dropped the ball, did you ask for a “do-over”? The answer to that prayer is “no.” However, there will be other opportunities to listen and help God work lovingly in the world. You just have to watch, wait, and respond when called to help. God is the master choreographer; we are dancers who can move to his direction.
- Diane Parker