For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. Isaiah 55:8
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:
The salvation story of Jesus Christ reaches around the world. So that the readers of our Daily Devotion may see the power of the Savior on a global scale, we have asked the volunteers of our International Ministry Centers to write our Friday devotions. We pray that the Spirit may touch your day through their words.
In Christ, I remain, His servant and yours,
Kenneth R. Klaus
Speaker of The Lutheran Hour
How many times do we get impatient, expecting the Lord to operate in our time frame? Or how often do we wish He would follow a certain pattern that we think is best for us? But, oh, no, He doesn’t.
We ask, and He promises in due time. We beg, but He keeps silent. We get tired and desperate. We feel that everything is out of our control, but He stays strong, loving and sovereign.
We could ask Noah about that. Building and waiting on God for 100 years surely taught him patience and trust.
What would have happened if Noah had enough after 50 years of building an ark when no one had even seen a drop of rain? Annoying people surrounded him. They made fun of him and mocked his God, who apparently had not given any more signs.
What if Noah had said, “I’ve had enough of this! If You don’t bring rain in the next few days and let me prove these mocking sinners are wrong, I am going to quit!”
God would still bring His plan to pass in due time, because He is sovereign.
I am sure Noah had many moments of doubt, but, after all that, he understood this one very precious thing about God: if you don’t understand His hands, you should trust His heart.
THE PRAYER: Lord, let Your Spirit teach me how to trust Your heart when I don’t understand what You are doing in my life. Amen.
Biography of Author:
Michel Matar has experienced life to the fullest, trying everything from drugs and alcohol to the occult. He is a well-known musician with several CDs. In 1989, he was affected by the love and forgiveness of Jesus. When he started reading the Word of God on a daily basis, his addiction and perverse lifestyle were over, and he has never turned back. Since that time, he has dedicated his life, his music, and his talents to serve the Lord. Michel is married to Nuna, and they are serving the Lord together. They have five lovely children and live in Brumana, Lebanon.
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