“I am still confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.”
There are many days when I need to see God more clearly. I need Him to cut away my cataracts of complacency so I can focus on the goodness of His grace.
We often feel that this life is only about surviving and getting by. God reminds us that life is about thriving and getting on. He promises His Presence, His Power and His Peace.
Our hope is not just in eternity . . . it’s in every day. The psalmist was confident that he would “see the goodness of The Lord in the land of the living”. Confidence in our Savior brings clarity to our sight. When we spend time in His presence, we perceive His goodness.
Be Patient. There are four words of instruction that are convicting in this passage, “Wait for The Lord”. That really is difficult. Patience is NOT one of my better virtues. I’m a problem solver, not a patient sitter. My instincts are often good, but they are far from great. My time frame is always short-term, while God’s is always eternal. His perspective prompts me to be patient. Waiting on God gives us strength, stamina and stability. Isaiah wrote, “But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, they run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.” (Isaiah 40:31)
Be Strong. Acknowledging our weakness is appropriating His strength. The Apostle Paul understood this paradox. He found God’s perfect grace in his own imperfect weakness. “But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Cor 12:9-10)
Be Encouraged. The psalmist tells us to “take heart”. The Message uses the phrase, “Take heart. Don’t quit”. Someone once said that “encouraged” means “in courage.” After the death of Moses, God told Joshua, “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:7). Joshua’s success, based on obedience, began with courage. Be encouraged . . . don’t quit and you will see the goodness of The Lord.
Be calm. Be confident. Be courageous. The goodness of God is right around the corner. Just wait and see.