Proverbs 20

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Bible Passage: Proverbs 20

 Waiting for God

 Do not say, “I will recompense evil”; Wait for the Lord, and He will save you. (Prov 20:22)
 
 Who has not been angry before? And havent most of us been treated unfairly before?
Whenever that happens, we would naturally want to take revenge. Or at least, we would want to tell of the person who has hurt us.
But what does God say?
He asks us to wait on Him to deal with this matter.
 
Waiting for God can be a long and tedious task; think David. God sent Samuel to anoint him king over Israel, yet for decades, he was only a king by name. He lived like a vagabond and constantly had to fear for his life. Yet David did not take matters into his own hands. Even when he had the opportunity to kill Saul, the one who sought his life, he still did not dare to touch him. After all, Saul was God’s anointed one. What restrained David was his deep respect for and the faith in the Almighty God.
 
Today, we may often take matters into our own hands, maybe without even thinking of God. Or we may start out praying but when God does not seem to answer, we still take things into our own hands. Yes, waiting for God’s time requires great patience. But persist we must. For this is a reflection of our faith in God, and by doing so, we are trained to continue to rely on God.
 
But what if we are so angry that we just cant help ourselves? What if we have become tired of praying and waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled and His time to come?
 
During David’s long wait for the fulfillment of God’s promise, he too would grow weary at times. He would ask God, “How long, O LORD? Will You forget me forever?” (Ps 13:1).
But in the end, he always received new strength to continue to trust in and rely on God because he always prayed to the Lord.
 
We all know that, in the end, God gave David the victory over his enemy and the kingdom of Israel. So today, we too must stop and pray. Pray and keep praying. If we do so, the Holy Spirit will constantly remind us of God’s word, His promises, His faithfulness, and His love for us. He will renew our faith and help us to wait for the Lord.
 
Wait on the LORD; Be of good courage, And He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the LORD! (Ps 27:14)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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One comment on “Proverbs 20
  1. Patience and the willingness to wait for matters to happen in their own time are two things that cannot be taught. They have to be learnt over time.

    I am guilty of being impatient, of taking matters into my own hands, and of being angry at God.

    But at the end of the day, don’t these weaknesses only remind us of how much we actually need God? Of how irrational we really can become if we do not see results within the next few moments? Of how much we actually need God’s solid reassurance since we cannot set matters right/ straight on our own, with our own might?

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