March 18, 2021: Wait on the Lord
“But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint” (Isa. 40:31, NKJV).
Having lived in a fast-paced environment all my life, it’s been hard for me to learn to wait on the Lord. After all, isn’t it better to get things done before it is too late? I have committed many mistakes in my life due to me moving ahead of the Lord. In fact, to me it seems like He is the one sometimes slowing me down. Oh, but if I, at times, would have just waited for God’s leading, how things would have turned out differently.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many lives and families. When it hit mine, my family and I were devastated. My dad was in the hospital for almost a month, and we prayed and prayed for God to heal him so he could be together with my mom. There were moments when we wanted the hospital to release him, but something always interfered with him coming home. We know now that the Lord was getting everything in order before allowing my dad to return home.
We patiently waited on the Lord, and our strength was renewed during the waiting trial. If my dad would have been released at the time we wanted, we would have run into many problems. We didn’t have the proper nursing equipment and hospital bed, and the home wasn’t fully disinfected. The day after we had these things in order, my dad was discharged from the hospital.
Lord, may we learn to wait on You, for Your timing is perfect! May we trust in You and renew our strength as we wait. Amen.
Juan Cabrera is a member of the Spencerville church in Maryland.
Join the Year of the Bible Journey
To help you dig deeper into God’s Holy Word this year, we’re offering:
- Every Day—Read our Words of Life daily devotional book that features favorite Bible verses from members, pastors, students and leaders from across the Columbia Union. You can also read the devotionals on the Columbia Union app, and interact with the verses in our instagram stories.
- Every Week—Delivered straight to your email, read our e-newsletter by subscribing to Visitor News Bulletin at columbiaunionvisitor.com/vnb. Keep up with the latest Year of the Bible events, devotionals, videos and more.
- Every Month—This calendar, themed “Words of Life,” coincides with the devotional book and videos. It features a biblical topic and verse each month, with additional passages for further exploration, study and ideas on how to apply the concepts in your daily life.