Tick, tick, tick…
The clock seems to spin as your life rushes onward. Needs arise. Difficulties need an answer. Problems need a defender. You have taken your cares to God in prayer. Now you wait and wait.
David knew about waiting. He was the baby of the family, so he was always waiting to do what his brothers did. He waited for God to make him king. He waited through the attacks of Saul. “Truly my soul waiteth upon God…my soul, wait thou upon God” (Psalm 62:1, 5). Some have erroneously claimed our trust in God is a blind faith—a leap in the dark. Not so with David. He gave reasons for his confidence. Twice David writes the refrain, “He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defence; I shall not be moved” (v. 2, 6). He experienced, not once, but more than once “that power belongeth unto God” (v. 11). It is upon this God of all power David puts all his expectations. Don’t trust in oppression or robbery. If you are successful, don’t build your dreams upon your riches. Keep your expectations in God.
It seemed impossible for the Israelites to break free from Pharaoh’s grip. Keep your expectations in God.
They tried nine times without success! Keep your expectations in God.
They had their hopes dashed to pieces every time Pharaoh changed his mind. Keep your expectations in God.
They were frustrated each time Pharaoh compromised. Keep your expectations in God.
“And the Lord said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh…afterwards he will let you go hence” (Exodus 11:1). Four hundred years earlier, their deliverance, although arranged by God, was visibly procured by a gracious Pharaoh and Joseph. Now there was no hope in man. The people needed to trust only in God if they were to survive the wilderness trials and the occupational battles in the Promised Land.
“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end” (Jeremiah 29:11).
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