Waiting – Psalm 119:82-83

“My eyes long for your promise; I ask, ‘When will you comfort me?’ For I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, yet I have not forgotten your statutes.” Psalm 119:82-83

There are moments when we look at the promises of God and wonder where their fulfillment is. Our view is clouded by hurt or disappointment or weariness, by so many different things, and we can’t see His goodness and mercy pursuing us in the days of our life.

This makes us vulnerable to the whispers of the enemy that God just won’t be faithful this time. That our hope is in vain. That our pursuit of Him isn’t worth it and it’s better to take matters into our own hands to create our better future. But these are lies, positioned to speak directly to our fears that come from being let down by those around us. Our God is greater than that. He is unchanging, and His love never fails. “Forever, O LORD, your word is firmly fixed in the heavens. Your faithfulness endures to all generations” (Psalm 119:89-90a). His Word is fixed. His promises are sure. Everything else may change, but our God and the Word He has sent forth to us never will. He will always be faithful to fulfill His every promise and purpose.

So we hold fast to Christ. We fix our eyes on the Author and Perfecter of our faith, asking Him to strengthen us and help us in our unbelief. We choose to wait on our Lord, the everlasting God and Creator of the ends of the earth, the Holy One who fixes His Word firmly in the heavens, and He will fill us with Himself and renew our strength.

“It will be said on that day, ‘Behold, this is our God, we have waited for him, that he might save us. This is the LORD, we have waited for him; let us be glad and rejoice in his salvation.’” Isaiah 25:9

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