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Gift Wrapped Week 3- Day 5

Lynn Bettes Gift Wrapped Devotional

“The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him.” Lamentations [3:25]

Good things come to those who wait.

Israel spent over 400 years in slavery to the Egyptians. The privileged status that they enjoyed during Joseph’s leadership was just a faint memory. Often when I think of the covenant with Moses, I think mainly about the law. However, it struck me reading it again in this season that it takes 18 chapters of Exodus before a single chapter of the law! And these 18 chapters are filled with acts of deliverance by God. But Israel had to wait for final deliverance from Egypt.

When we wait for God, it results in good for us. In fact, waiting on God is probably the best thing for greater relational intimacy because it forces me to surrender to him. Waiting requires trust. Trust is a vigorous act of the soul by which I choose to lay hold on the promises of God and cling to them despite the adversity that at times overwhelms me.

This truth is what makes the Christmas season so special. I celebrate the small, vulnerable infant Jesus while waiting for the strong, devoted man Jesus who would fulfill all that God sent him to accomplish.

There is beauty in the unsettling of life for those who are in Christ Jesus. He is steadfast in the uncertainty as we wait for deliverance.

PRAY

Father, forgive me for not trusting You. Help me not to trust in the world and the things it has to offer. Give me the faith to trust You without wavering for You are a good Father who keeps His promises for His children. Amen.

FOR FURTHER READING
Luke [1:26]-56