While You Are Waiting

If you are in a difficult, “in between” situation, Psalm 119:114 may have a word for you.  In it, the Psalmist declares: “You are my hiding place and my shield; I wait for Your word.”  These are great directions for those of us who are waiting:

1) Make God your “hiding place and shield.”  You can read more on what it means for God to be your shield here, but the bottom line is that in your difficulty you should focus on your relationship with God.  Building your relationship with Him is more important than getting out of any particular difficult situation, or acquiring any certain thing you don’t have.

2)  While you are taking refuge in Him, wait for Him to give you direction about what to do next.  Remember that you don’t have to “manufacture” something; sometimes we make foolish decisions by rushing ahead into something God did not lead us to do.  GOD will open the next door for you.  “I wait for Your word” should be your theme.  You “wait” for His word by spending time every day reading the Bible, all the while watching for the direction He will give you there.

While you are waiting … don’t “just” wait; like the Psalmist, let God be your shield, and wait for His word!

About Shawn Thomas

My blog, shawnethomas.com, provides brief devotions from own personal daily Bible reading, as well as some of my sermons, book reviews, and family life experiences.
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2 Responses to While You Are Waiting

  1. Susan Gordon says:

    Pastor Shawn, I have recently discovered your web site because of my sister. I love what God has to say to you and through you, especially knowing your circumstances. It amazes me how faithfully God uses His suffering servants to continue to build His kingdom through the “building up” of His saints. I am praying for HIS strength to be mighty in you and, should it be HIS will, for healing. I lost my first husband in 1996 to a 9 month bout with leukemia. Our children were 15, 10, 7 & 5 when he went to be with Jesus and we ALL have stories to tell about the faithfulness of our God!
    There is great peace in “knowing” He truly is our shield! Thank you for continuing to be faithful to write even when life is hard. He is honored!

    • Shawn Thomas says:

      Thank you for the kind words, Susan. I continue to be steadfast in my belief that God is using my circumstances — as He does all things — for His purposes. It is encouraging to hear evidence that He is doing that. You know very much about walking with God through difficult times, and I appreciate your witness. Thanks for sharing!

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