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.
In the last little while, I’ve been reading different devotionals on the ever-so-handy YouVersion Bible app. I’ll be honest, some of the devotionals I’ve been read have been picked at random. Others, though, I really needed to read those topics.
When Scripture is on Repeat
But, it seems like every devotional I have read lately has referenced Psalms 62:5.
If you’re like me and you’re absolutely terrible at memorizing scripture, Psalms 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.
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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 wait an awful lot for God to movie on his behalf.
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 of the pit, it landed him in slavery. And I’m sure that wasn’t much 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 finally released.
And It’s A Verse You Need
It’s safe to say Joseph probably felt a lot 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 and on, my friend.
I, too, have felt many of those same feelings in more than one situation that I’ve needed (and still need) God to move in.
If you’re honest with yourself, too, I bet at some point in your life, you’ve felt many of the same feelings. Maybe even all of them?
Sure, you’re probably not currently in the exact same situations as Joseph. 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 are out and about proclaiming that you’ve croaked.
Always Put Your Trust in Him
However, that doesn’t make your situation any less valid. Your feelings are still real and your wait might still be pretty long.
Whatever the situation is, friend, we must wait only upon God. We must put our feelings aside and wait for God to show us exactly what to do and when to do it.
You see, friend. If we expect things to work out in our favor, our expectation and trust must be in Him. And Him alone.
If you read father down in Psalms 62, you’ll eventually land on verse 8. “Trust in Him at all times; ye people, pour your heart out before him; God is a refuge for us. Selah.”
Let’s review, shall we?
Trust in Him.
At all times.
And wait thou only upon God.
Because God is our refuge.
Dear reader, God has proven over and over again that He is faithful and will make a way when it seems like there is absolutely no way. I mean, look at the life of Joseph. He trusted in God at all times and, eventually, things worked out in his favor.
So, when the waiting is unbearable and it feels like it’ll never end, keep trusting in Him.
When the rain keeps pouring 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.
He is the light in the darkness and our hope when things are hopeless. Trust in Him at all times. And, friend, wait only upon God.
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