Daily Devotional

Waiting for the Wind

by Simon Whitton

I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope.
My soul waits for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning,
more than watchmen wait for the morning.

Psalm 130:5-6 (NIV)

There are times in our lives when there's nothing we can do but wait for Lord. He may have brought us to a place where we have no options left except to wait for Him.  We may be waiting for an answer to prayer, for direction, power, provision, healing, or deliverance of some sort.  But we realize that only the Lord can change our situation, and we need Him to move in our lives.

In the days before the steam engine, sailing ships could become becalmed in the middle of the ocean.  The sea would be like glass and there would be no clouds in the sky.  It's a helpless and lonely situation, with no land in sight and no rescue possible, you are completely powerless and at the mercy of the wind. Passengers may worry about the ships provisions being adequate and may voice their insecurities and spread fear or panic.

Waiting for the Lord is not a time for fear or anxiety; it is a time for courage.

Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD.
Psalm 27:14 (NIV)

Waiting for the Lord requires faith, putting our hope in His word.

Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
This is what the ancients were commended for.

Hebrews 11:1-2 (NIV)

One of the ancients who was commended as a man of faith was Noah.  He waited patiently for the Lord.  Noah and his family were stranded in the ark, adrift for 150 days, but God had not forgotten them.

But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
Genesis 8:1 (NIV)

There are times when only the Lord can bring about change in our circumstances.  It is at those times that we must wait for the wind, for the power of God to drive us in the direction of His will.  Meanwhile, we should not be concerned but should have faith in His promises to care for us.

Your provisions may appear sparse, but they are more than you need.  He's given you enough to get you where you are going.  The ark came to rest at the right time, exactly where the Lord intended it to, and so will you.

Spend some time in prayer and thank God for His provision and His care for you. Pray that you will have the faith and the courage to wait for the Lord.

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