The Rewards of Patience – In Touch – August 15/16

The Rewards of Patience

Psalms 40

The Scriptures contain many stories of people who waited years or even decades before the Lord’s promises came to pass. What modern believers can learn from the patience of biblical saints like Abraham, Joseph, David, and Paul is that waiting upon the Lord has eternal rewards.

Today let’s look at Israel’s most memorable monarch. David was the chosen heir to Israel’s throne, but he spent years dodging King Saul’s wrathful pursuit. Despite having two different opportunities for vengeance, David resisted the temptation and spared Saul’s life. He chose to adhere to God’s timetable for his coronation instead of dishonoring the Lord by killing the divinely anointed king. David’s psalms reveal his intimate awareness of Yahweh’s work in his life. The shepherd king not only achieved his objective through patience; he also observed that God’s way was always best.

David left behind an incredible testimony of God’s faithfulness for each of us to read and meditate upon. He was committed to waiting upon the Lord, and as a result, he had the Father’s approval and blessing. We cannot underestimate the reward of living in divine favor. That isn’t a special state reserved for “giants of the faith” like David. All who obediently endure until the Lord acts on their behalf abide in His favor.

David didn’t receive his blessings because he was special; he was honored among men because he honored the Lord above all. And since he trusted in God’s faithfulness, he endured hardship with patience. We, too, can expect to be blessed when we wait upon the Lord.

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NIV DEV. FOR MEN

DEFEATING DOUBT

Today’s Bible ReadingPsalm 115:1–18

Recommended ReadingPsalm 18:28Hebrews 10:19–25James 1:2–8

Picture a small boy frustrated with a jigsaw puzzle because he is certain that the pieces do not fit the picture on the box. We are like this when we doubt. Each doubt makes us feel that this time we have found a real problem with God. But shake the pieces up a little, rearrange the one or two that we have put in the wrong place and everything changes. It is not the fault of the puzzle or the picture but the boy.

It is the same with our doubts. What we begin by calling God’s problem ends up being seen as our problem which God solves … The problem of doubt is not ultimately a matter of God’s faithfulness but of our faith, just as the answer does not ultimately depend on our faith but on God’s faithfulness.

This should make us prepared to take all our doubts to God straight away, though with the help of Christian friends. Doubts which are not resolved will inevitably blame God in the end. But is it right to allow each doubt to blame God in the beginning? Any current doubt will tend to thrust us away from God, but our experience of his resolving our previous doubts should encourage us to come nearer…

God is more certain, more faithful and more gracious than our doubting views of him. So the better we know ourselves the more inappropriate we know it is to trust in our own promises or vows. When all is said and done, we are still ignorant, weak and sinful. How much better it is to pray. When we pray even the most devastating doubt remains faith and does not become unbelief. Each of us, however confident we are, may be a doubter, so Martin Luther’s ‘doubter’s prayer’ should strike a chord in all our hearts:

Dear Lord,

Although I am sure of my position,

I am unable to sustain it without Thee.

Help me, or I am lost.—Os Guiness

To Take Away

  • What doubts have you experienced in the past? In what ways has God resolved those issues for you?
  • What advice would you give to a friend who was having doubts about God?
  • What doubts are troubling you right now? Don’t allow them to drive you away from God. Pray that God will help you draw near to him—even in the midst of your doubts.

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Memories and Missing the Moment – In His Grip – Week of August 10

In His Grip Devotions
by Dr. Chuck F. Betters

Memories and Missing the Moment

Our lives contain many chapters. There are childhood chapters, teen chapters, adult chapters, career chapters, family chapters and those chapters that mark the end of one era and the beginning of a new one. Personally, I am at the end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one. However, as in a great mystery novel when one chapter ends and another begins one cannot wait to see the unfolding of the multi-faceted plots. So it is with life. I am in transition and I must say I do not like it very much. The reason is that when I was younger I assumed there were many more chapters to open and close. I was much more patient then. Now that I am older I am running out of chapters. And I’m eager to know God’s plans so I can make every day count.

Exodus 31 recalls the story of Moses receiving the Law. Moses was 80 years old and his life had just begun.

And he gave to Moses, when he had finished speaking with him on Mount Sinai, the two tablets of the testimony, tablets of stone, written with the finger of God. (Exodus 31:18 ESV)

But at the base of that mountain all hell had broken loose (Exodus 32) as the kids of the covenant erected the golden calf and in effect had broken the laws written on those very tablets of stone. Moses had to deal with the crazies who jumped up and down like spoiled brats holding a temper tantrum around this stupid statue. They longed for Egypt, the good ole days of slavery and beatings. I wonder what Moses thought when he saw this. Did he think, “Oh no. Now I have to start all over again with these people?” How disappointing this must have been for him after the ten plagues, the crossing of the Red Sea and the drama of leading 600,000 (likely closer to one million) Jews and some Egyptians out of a 400-year period of slavery.

They quickly forgot God’s miraculous deliverance and reverted to what they knew from their former lives – gods of their making. Rather than trusting that God was opening a brand new chapter for them as He was closing another they missed the blessing of the moment. Just a hop, skip and a jump from where they were standing God did something amazing. But because it took so long they lost hope and backslid into idolatry. God had opened a brand new exciting chapter and they missed it.

Is God opening a new chapter in your life? Do you think it is it taking too long for you to figure out what it is? Are you losing patience? Have you already forgotten how faithful He has been to you in the past? Rest, recall and retool. God is about to do something amazing in your life. It may take a while for all of the pieces to come together but the puzzle parts will begin to make sense. God is building a beautiful mosaic in you. Trust Him! Wait! Do not look back to Egypt! It will happen.  Pray and expect Him to respond through His Word. Make the Word your Counselor and Encourager. He will rend the heavens and come down to you. He will invade your soul as He builds the masterpiece that is your life. In a quiet whisper He is saying to you “Be still, and know that I am God..!” (Psalm 46:10a ESV)

And imagine yourself snug in His lap, like a contented child, safely…

In His grip,
Dr. Chuck F. Betters

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