|DEVOTION FOR SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2017|
|GOD ACTS FOR THOSE WHO WAIT|
The newly liberated Israelite slaves found themselves trapped, or so it appeared. In front of them lay the Red Sea; behind them was the well-equipped Egyptian army. The people complained to Moses, “What have you done to us?” He responded, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” And indeed, God opened a pathway through the Red Sea. The Israelites walked through on dry ground, while the Egyptians were swept away and drowned (see Exodus 14).
This story is one of many biblical examples confirming that God acts for those who wait (vv. 4–5). This is the fourth and final of our foundational truths: Those who wait for the Lord are never disappointed. This doesn’t mean we get what we want when we want it. It means that God never forgets, never breaks a promise, and never fails. A person might stand us up, misremember, or lie. None of these things will ever be true of the Lord. Waiting for Him is a certainty.
In today’s reading, Isaiah called on God to act on behalf of His people. His awesome power would disrupt the status quo and inspire holy fear. Because of sin, our resulting failure to call on the Lord, and His giving us over to the consequences of our own actions, we don’t deserve His intervention or rescue. Nonetheless, we remain His people. The Potter will forgive and continue to work with the clay.
God acts for those who wait. This is one of His fundamental characteristics. He’s incomparable, the only true God, and He “acts on behalf of those who wait for him” (v. 4). Waiting is not sitting around twiddling our thumbs but rather a choice of hope and faith, as we’ll see in the next section of our study.
|APPLY THE WORD|
Waiting on the Lord does not depend on us but on Him. Do you feel as though your sins have swept you away (v. 6)? Do you think God has abandoned you, or that He’ll leave you twisting in the wind until you get your act together? Not true! He loves you. His character and promises never fail. Wait on Him, for He will act on your behalf!
|PRAY WITH US|
Keeping the Intercultural Studies faculty in prayer, please add Richard Wilkinson, Samuel Naaman, Timothy Sisk, and Michael Rydelnik to your list. May God continue to empower their ministry to students, future global ambassadors for Christ.