Wait for the Lord; be strong and courageous. Wait for the Lord. – (Psalm 27:14, HCSB)
Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help. – (Psalm 27:14, ERV)
Stay with God! Take heart. Don’t quit. I’ll say it again: Stay with God. – (Psalm 27:14, MSG)
There is a delicate balance in this, for to wait for the Lord AND be strong and courageous, means that we need to trust the Lord and His leading and keep moving forward without running ahead of where we are meant to be. It takes courage to keep pressing on, especially when you want to quit or walk away. What God calls us to do, He will see us through, even when we are uncertain of how it can be done. God is worth waiting for. His plans are always greater than ours, and His ways lead to so much more than we could hope or imagine. It is the wait in between that requires us to be strong and brave. May we ever seek the Lord to be our strength and courage, and the One to direct our every path.
Choose wait on the Lord,
Take courage, be strong;
Not in your own strength,
But in God, press on.
The Lord is faithful,
To supply our needs;
He leads and guides us,
Our hopes He exceeds.
So, seek Him with hope,
Trust in His great care;
He provides for us,
So we too can share.
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You that You remind us to trust in You in strength and courage, for You are faithful forever. Forgive us for our frustration with Your timing, as it rarely is the same as our own. Thank You that Your timing is perfect, and You see beyond what we can see. Teach us to trust in You and to stay the course until You direct us to turn, detour, or abandon the route. Show us how to love those around us in ways that extend Your goodness, hope and love, and grant courage to press on. May many come into a lasting relationship with You. Be glorified O God, as we wait on You with strength and courage, knowing that You are faithful always. Amen.
© Shannon Elizabeth Grabrick and Revelations in Writing, May 2011 – present
Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act. – Psalm 37:5