Alternative daily encouragement from UCB, adapted from the Word For Today.

Wed23Apr

WAITING GAME (1)

‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help?...’ Habakkuk 1:2 NIV

There’s one very good word you could use to define the Christian view of the world: ‘waiting’. This whole crumbling creation is waiting for the day Jesus returns and sets things straight once and for all. But in our own lives too, there’s often an agonising amount of waiting. Perhaps you’re waiting for an answer to a prayer? A breakthrough in a painful situation you’re facing? Mr or Ms Right? Well, you’re not the first person to struggle with the idea of waiting, and you won’t be the last. God said to the prophet Habakkuk, ‘The revelation awaits an appointed time … and will not prove false. Though it lingers, wait for it; it will certainly come and will not delay’ (Habakkuk 2:3 NIV). Why did God say that? Well, it was a direct answer to Habakkuk’s question, ‘How long, O Lord, must I call for help, but you do not listen?’ Waiting is never easy. So what should we do? Make it active waiting: pour yourself into the job at hand; otherwise you’ll short-change your own future. Even if it feels like all you’re doing is standing on God’s promises, waiting for change, keep at it. Sighing and resorting to twiddling your thumbs won’t go towards anything. James writes, ‘Be patient … See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. You too, be patient and stand firm’ (James 5:7-8 NIV). What now? Next time you're in a queue, make use of that time. Pick a person out, and silently pray for them the whole time you're waiting.

 Jer 41-44, Mark 4:13-25, Ps 7:10-17, Pr 10:17-18