Have you ever run across a particular scripture and you could have sworn there was a sign beside it that said, “hey, hold up. This is the verse you need right now!”
Maybe you missed the sign and had to read the verse eight more times before it finally made sense to you?
Been there, friend. Been. There.
Like, last week, actually.
In the last little while, I’ve been reading different devotionals (in Spanish) on the every-so-handy YouVersion Bible app. I’ll be honest, some of the devotionals I have just picked at random. Others, I chose because I absolutely needed to read about a certain topic.
But, it seems like every devotional I have read lately has referenced Psalms 62:5.
The Verse I Needed
If you’re like me and you’re terrible at memorizing scripture, Psalm 62:5 says,
“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”
After about the third or fourth time of reading that verse, and finally reading the whole chapter, the weight of it hit me like a ton of bricks.
Wait thou only upon God.
As I was pondering over this verse again, I was reminded of Joseph. No, not Jesus’s earthly dad.
But, Joseph, the one with that fancy coat.
Even though he had a fancy coat in his youth and probably, as an overseer of Egypt, had even more fancy-smancy coats in his closet, he walked through a lot of dark valleys and had to do a lot of waiting on God to move.Whatever the situation is, we must put our feelings aside and wait on God Click To Tweet
When his brothers betrayed him and threw him in a dark pit, he had to wait for someone to get him out (which, when he got out, landed him in slavery. And I’m sure that wasn’t any better). Then, when he was put in prison for something he didn’t do, he had to wait and then wait some more until he was eventually brought out.
When Waiting Brings on Other Things
It’s safe to say Joseph probably felt a ton of different feelings while he was waiting for God to change his situation.
Betrayal. Confusion. Suffering.
Hopelessness. Anger. Loneliness.
Despair. Feeling forgotten. Helplessness.
Bitterness. Resentment. Sorrow.
The list could go on.
I, friend, have felt many of those same feelings in more than one situation that I need God to work in. (Look at me talking like He isn’t working in my situation. He is working on my behalf. This, I know.)
Sure, you’re probably not currently in the exact same situations Joseph was in. You’re probably not in jail for a crime you didn’t commit. And you’re probably not stuck at the bottom of a pit while your brothers claim you’ve croaked.
Whatever the situation is, we must wait only upon God. For if we expect things to work out in our favor, our expectation and trust must be in Him, and Him alone.
We must put our feelings aside and wait for God to show us exactly what to do and when to do it.
Trust in him. At all times. And wait thou only upon God. Because God is our refuge. Always.
So, when the waiting is unbearable and it feels like it’ll never end, keep trusting in Him.
When the rain keeps pounding and the waters start rising, keep trusting in Him.
When it feels like everyone has turned against you and you’re standing all alone, keep trusting in Him.
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