Wait.

David had learned the value of inaction.

Inaction?! I know. It sounds counter to everything we believe in, doesn’t it? Almost un-American.

But for David, it was creating space for God to work. And he knew that this is often the right thing to do.

Perhaps he had learned it as a young shepherd boy. Then again, he may have discovered this truth as a man pursued by the King of Israel, Saul. David had actually already been anointed as Israel’s next king. But the problem was that Saul hadn’t vacated the throne yet. He was still very much alive. And very much the king.

So David refused to try and usurp Saul’s throne. Instead, he waited. Even when it meant that Saul would try to hunt him down and put him to death, he waited for God to act. There were several occasions when David had the opportunity to kill Saul and rid himself of the threat to his own life.

But he didn’t take action on those clear opportunities. Instead, he patiently yielded to God, confident he would act in his own way and in his own time.

How difficult that can be! But David’s faith told him that God would show his goodness in due time.

And you? Or me? We can be confident of the same thing. God is good. All the time. And he loves to show his goodness.

So… wait for it. Wait for it.

“I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord” (Psalm 27:13-14, NIV).

Lord help me to be patient, and wait for you to act. You are a powerful and loving God. Sometimes I need to not act. I just need to pause and yield to you. I desire to be strong, take heart and just wait. Fill me with your Spirit so that I can know when to do nothing and simply see with the eyes of faith that your goodness is coming.

Our Bible reading for Saturday, February 28, is Leviticus 4:1 – 5:13, Mark 10:13-31 and Psalm 27:7-14.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Saturday, February 28, is Leviticus 4:1 – 5:13, Mark 10:13-31 and Psalm 27:7-14.

    When Jesus saw this, he was indignant. He said to them, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these. Truly I tell you, anyone who will not receive the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭14-15‬ NIV)

    Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭23‬ NIV)

    Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are possible with God.” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭27‬ NIV)

    But many who are first will be last, and the last first.” (‭Mark‬ ‭10‬:‭31‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, I pray for faith like a child. Truly able to know you, to follow you with innocent eyes and an open heart. Thank you Lord for all you do. All things are possible for those us that seek you and put you first in our hearts. We desire much, so much it leads to sin. Humble me Lord, help me become the last. Help me to live a life that pleases you. Help me to understand your path. When I lose my way, guide me back to you. Thank you for your promises and the hope that gets me thru my days. I will be strong as I wait for you Father, only because you make it so.

    I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (‭Psalm‬ ‭27‬:‭13-14‬ NIV)

    ~Paul Montenieri

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