God is Always Faithful
Do Not Lose Heart in the Waiting Time
by J.M. Troppello
I’ve been in contact with a few friends and family members in the last few days who have been dealing with health issues and other problems. I’ve offered to pray for them and their needs. Praying for the needs of others – while you’re also dealing with your own problems – can be overwhelming—if you don’t focus on the right thing.
So, what’s the right things to focus on?
You should focus on God, His majesty, and the fact that He will never leave you nor forsake you (see: Deut. 31:6). The following Psalm is one of my favorites to read when I need to be reminded of God’s faithfulness – in the past – and how He will continue to be faithful in the future.
It is good to give thanks to the Lord, And to sing praises to Your name, O Most High; 2 To declare Your lovingkindness in the morning, And Your faithfulness every night, 3 On an instrument of ten strings, On the lute, And on the harp, With harmonious sound. 4 For You, Lord, have made me glad through Your work; I will triumph in the works of Your hands. 5 O Lord, how great are Your works! Your thoughts are very deep. 6 A senseless man does not know, Nor does a fool understand this. 7 When the wicked spring up like grass, And when all the workers of iniquity flourish, It is that they may be destroyed forever. 8 But You, Lord, are on high forevermore. 9 For behold, Your enemies, O Lord, For behold, Your enemies shall perish; All the workers of iniquity shall be scattered. 10 But my horn You have exalted like a wild ox; I have been anointed with fresh oil. 11 My eye also has seen my desire on my enemies; My ears hear my desire on the wicked Who rise up against me. 12 The righteous shall flourish like a palm tree, He shall grow like a cedar in Lebanon. 13 Those who are planted in the house of the Lord Shall flourish in the courts of our God. 14 They shall still bear fruit in old age; They shall be fresh and flourishing, 15 To declare that the Lord is upright; He is my rock, and there is no unrighteousness in Him.
(Psalm 92, NKJV)
When you need to remind yourself of how faithful God is and always will be, take some quiet time and meditate on Psalm 92. The first line in verse one sums it up perfectly: It is good to give thanks to the Lord.
Give thanks even when life stinks. Stay thankful during the waiting times before your prayer is answered. Cultivate a heart of thanksgiving. Yes, this is difficult. However, you need to take that first step.
How do you take that first step to turn your attitude around?
I’ll reiterate it again. Read this Psalm. Read more passages from the Bible. Get a journal and write down a list of things you are thankful for. That may be difficult in the beginning. But as you practice a daily thankfulness journal—it will get easier to focus on the positive, rather than the negative.
Just remember that God is in control. Many times, it doesn’t seem like it. However, you must focus on the invisible (spiritual focus) even when looking at the visible (physical focus). God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Trust Him to guide you step by step as you embark on a daily journey to change your perspective.
How do you try to change your perspective when you’re too focused on what you can see (all the problems) rather than God’s hand at work (spiritual focus)?
Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.
About the Author
J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.
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