WISDOM FOR LIVING DAILY DEVOTIONAL
SEPTEMBER 5, 2023
TOPIC: WAIT FOR GOD’S HELP
BY T. O. BANSO
“Kings will be like fathers to you; queens will be like mothers. They will bow low before you and honor you; they will humbly show their respect for you. Then you will know that I am the Lord; no one who waits for my help will be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 Good News Translation).
The writer of Psalm 121 says, “I will lift up my eyes to the hills — from whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth” (verses 1-2 New King James Version). It is one thing to know where your help comes from, but another thing to wait for the help. It is not everybody who makes God his help or trusts Him to help him. Some people’s trust is elsewhere. As David said, “Some trust in chariots, and some in horses; but we will remember the name of the Lord our God. They have bowed down and fallen; but we have risen and stand upright” (Psalm 20:7-8 New King James Version).
Whereas it is not everybody who makes God his help, it is also not everybody who waits for His help. Because of anxiety, fear, or impatience some, who trust in God, do not wait for His help. They could wait for some time but quit after some time. This is because, although God has promised to help His children, His help may not come as quickly as they expect it to come. “This vision is for a future time. It describes the end, and it will be fulfilled. If it seems slow in coming, wait patiently, for it will surely take place. It will not be delayed (Habakkuk 2:3 New Living Translation).
Some people assume that God’s help is not coming in time or is coming too late; therefore, they succumb to the temptation to try alternatives, which may or may not be sinful. However, God never comes late. He is not a latecomer. His help is always the best. His time is also the best. Wait for the help of God, no matter how long it may take.
It is not always easy to keep waiting for the help of God but it is a wise decision to make. Don’t give in to the temptation to stop waiting for the help of God. He has promised to help you. Ask for His help in prayer and wait for it. He will answer you. “Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened” (Matthew 7:7-8 New International Version).
Wait for God’s help; you will not be disappointed. “Kings will be like fathers to you; queens will be like mothers. They will bow low before you and honor you; they will humbly show their respect for you. Then you will know that I am the Lord; no one who waits for my help will be disappointed” (Isaiah 49:23 Good News Translation). Note the phrase “no one who waits for my help will be disappointed.” God will not disappoint you if you wait for His help. His help will come. Wait for it. David said, “They cried to you and were saved; in you they trusted and were not disappointed” (Psalm 22:5 New International Version).
David also said in Psalm 27:14, “Wait for the Lord’s help. Be strong and brave, and wait for the Lord’s help” (New Century Version). The Easy-to-Read Version presents the verse the same way. Wait for God’s help. David further said in Psalm 37:34, “Do what the Lord says, and wait for his help. He will reward you and give you the land he promised. You will see the wicked being forced to leave” (Easy-to-Read Version). Having done what God says, wait for His help.
How long should you wait for the help of God? Until His help comes. God has promised to help you and He cannot lie. “God is not a man, that he should lie, nor a son of man, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill” (Numbers 23:19 New International Version). God’s help will come; wait for it. David said, “You are my source of strength! I will wait for you! For God is my refuge” (Psalm 59:9 New English Translation Bible). Also, the writer of Psalm 130:5-6 says, “I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in His word I do hope. My soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the morning — Yes, more than those who watch for the morning” (New King James Version).
Wait for God; wait for His help. Don’t be in a hurry. Whoever believes will not act hastily (Isaiah 28:16b). Don’t only wait for the help of God but also wait patiently. The help of God is worth waiting for. David said, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; do not fret because of him who prospers in his way, because of the man who brings wicked schemes to pass” (Psalm 37:7 New King James Version). Wait patiently. David also said in Psalm 62:1 “I wait patiently for God to save me; I depend on him alone” (Today’s English Version). Wait patiently for God. Also, Paul said in Romans 8:25 “But if we must keep trusting God for something that hasn’t happened yet, it teaches us to wait patiently and confidently” (The Living Bible).
Note the phrase “wait patiently” in all these scriptures. Wait patiently for the help of God. He determines how He will help you, not you. If He decides to use a human being; He knows the person He will use. He can use your enemies, nature, or anything and anyone. He is the Almighty God, and nothing is too difficult for Him to do.
Waiting for the help of God is highly rewarding. If you wait for His help, He will hear you. The Prophet Micah said, “Therefore I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation; my God will hear me” (Micah 7:7 New King James Version). According to the Prophet Isaiah, in the latter part of Isaiah 30:18, blessed are those who wait for His help. Furthermore, Lamentation 3:25-26 says, “The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord” (New King James Version).
Waiting for the help of God doesn’t mean staying idle, and doing nothing. Do whatever you can do that is consistent with the Word of God or you are permitted to do while you are waiting for His help. Keep praying, thanking Him for His help that is on the way. Wait for the help of God. Remember that, as Isaiah 49:23 says, no one who waits for His help will be disappointed.
Wait for God’s help; wait patiently.
If you are not born again, you need to give your life to Jesus now. I urge you to take the following steps: *Admit that you are a sinner and you cannot save yourself and repent of your sins. *Confess Jesus as your Lord and Saviour. *Renounce your past way of life – your relationship with the devil and his works. *Invite Jesus into your life. *As a mark of seriousness to mature in the faith, start attending a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church. There they will teach you how to grow in the Kingdom of God.
Kindly say this prayer now: O Lord God, I come unto You today. I know I am a sinner and I cannot save myself. I believe that Jesus is the Son of God who died on the cross to save me and God raised Him on the third day. I repent of my sins and confess Jesus as my Lord and Saviour. I surrender my life to Jesus now and invite Him into my heart. By this prayer, I know I am saved. Thank You, Jesus, for saving me and making me a child of God.
I believe you have said this prayer from your heart. Congratulations! You will need to join a Bible-believing and Bible-teaching church in your area where they will teach you how to live your new life in Christ Jesus. I pray that you flourish like a palm tree and grow like a cedar of Lebanon. May you grow into Christ in all things and become all God wants you to be. I will be glad to hear from you. The Lord be with you.
PRAYER POINTS: Holy Spirit, help me to wait and wait patiently for the help of God. Let me not act hastily. I shall not look elsewhere but look up to God; my help shall come from Him; I will wait for Him in Jesus’ name.
T. O. Banso is the President of Cedar Ministry International, Abuja, Nigeria.
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