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Therefore I will wait

Lamentations 3:22-23–“Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness.

For those avid followers of this blog (thanks, dad!!), you may remember that my verse for “23” was from Lamentations. I wanted 23 to proclaim: “Great is Your faithfulness!”

As I was spending some time in His Word today, I turned back to that passage and read the whole chapter…a lot of sorrow10514-Great-Is-Thy-Faithfulness and despair until we get to verse 22! And then I read vs. 24:

“I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.'” (some translations say “Therefore I will hope in Him”)

That verse, without my realization, has encompassed a vast majority of 24…I realize I still have about 4 months of being 24, so maybe that will change. But I have a feeling that verse will forever resonate with my heart.

The Lord is my portion. Christ is all I need. Whether I realize it or not, He is truly EVERYTHING. So often I get caught up in the seemingly big problems of life…but that’s why it’s so important for me to sit in His presence…Because in His presence, all my fear is washed away. In His presence, the worries of the day cease. In His presence, I see my problems for what they are and, more importantly, I see Him for who He is. In His presence, I can trade my anxiety for His peace. In His presence, I see my sin revealed and feel sorrow. In His presence, I see my debt paid and feel gratitude. In His presence, I’m reminded that Christ is all I need.

And let’s be real: sometimes you sit and wait for Him and feel nothing. But as Brooke Fraser puts it so well:

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“Let us acknowledge the Lord; let us press on to acknowledge Him. As surely as the sun rises, He will appear; He will come to us like the winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth.” {Hosea 6:3}John-Piper-Discipline-to-rise-early

I don’t know everything that’s going on in your life, most of you don’t everything that’s going on in my life. But let me
encourage you, friends: time spent in His presence is never wasted time. Press on to acknowledge His presence in your life. Wait for Him–He will show up. Hope in Him–He will come through. If you have a lot going on in your life–whether it’s stress, anxiety, loneliness, fear, despair, work, relationships, school, uncertainty, guilt, shame, sin, etc–just take it to Him. Go to bed early so you can wake up early and start your day with Him. I’m SO not a morning person–but I’m realizing more and more how important it is to start my day with Him. Lay your agenda at His feet and listen to His agenda for your day. Keep pressing on to experience more of Him each day.

Satan is constantly at work trying to bombard you with lies about yourself. He’ll use any means necessary to make you believe you’re not good enough, you’re unlovable, you’re a lost cause, your sin is too much, you’re too far gone, you are ugly, you are stupid, you are hopeless. But don’t believe his lies. I don’t care if it’s a magazine, billboard, Facebook post, person, TV show, or whatever that is feeding you that lie. The most powerful lies as the lies we believe. Recognize those beliefs as lie and press in to hear the Voice of Truth.

The Voice that says you are intentionally created, you are loved, you are redeemed, you are bought with a price, you are forgiven, you are fearfully and wonderfully made, you have a purpose.

Friends, you are so loved by the King of Kings. I don’t have all the answers to your future or mine–I don’t have all the solutions to the world’s problems–but this I know:

“The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for Him.”

God’s grace in my life today:

He gives me strength to obey Him and His presence brings peace.

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