11-21-2021 Daily Devotional
The Upper Room devotional reflection for Sunday, November 21, 2021 comes to us from Mary Wisner of Michigan
1 The LORD is my light and my salvation— whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life— of whom shall I be afraid? 2 When the wicked advance against me to devour me, it is my enemies and my foes who will stumble and fall. 3 Though an army besiege me, my heart will not fear; though war break out against me, even then I will be confident. 4 One thing I ask from the LORD, this only do I seek: that I may dwell in the house of the LORD all the days of my life, to gaze on the beauty of the LORD and to seek him in his temple. 5 For in the day of trouble he will keep me safe in his dwelling; he will hide me in the shelter of his sacred tent and set me high upon a rock. 6 Then my head will be exalted above the enemies who surround me; at his sacred tent I will sacrifice with shouts of joy; I will sing and make music to the LORD. 7 Hear my voice when I call, LORD; be merciful to me and answer me. 8 My heart says of you, “Seek his face!” Your face, LORD, I will seek. 9 Do not hide your face from me, do not turn your servant away in anger; you have been my helper. Do not reject me or forsake me, God my Savior. 10 Though my father and mother forsake me, the LORD will receive me. 11 Teach me your way, LORD; lead me in a straight path because of my oppressors. 12 Do not turn me over to the desire of my foes, for false witnesses rise up against me, spouting malicious accusations. 13 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living. 14 Wait for the LORD; be strong and take heart and wait for the LORD. Psalm 27:1-14 NIV
“Waiting for God”
My grandchildren live a continent away. When we are planning a visit, waiting to be reunited can seem to take an eternity for all of us. My daughter helps the children by marking off the number of sleeps left until they run down the airport ramp into my arms. Meanwhile, she calls the attention to the present by having them draw pictures, pack backpacks, and buy gifts. They were learning to trust that the big day will come in good time.
In Psalm 27, David assented to the goodness of God while waiting for vindication. He sought God, wanting the Lord to teach him and remain close to him. David maintained a sense of living in the present while looking toward a hopeful future. Scripture teaches that waiting is a time of expectation, drawing near to God, and gaining strength in the process. The next time we find ourselves waiting with worry or impatience, we might ask: Where is God in this moment? What are the needs of those around me? What am I trying to control that is better left in God’s hands?
Prayer Focus: Families living far apart
Thought for the Day: When we wait in faith, we will see the goodness of God.
As I have shared before, both of my sons and their families live far away from me, and obviously, I miss them very much. All of us have busy schedules, and we have struggled with health concerns and the pandemic. So, we haven’t been able to be together nearly as much as we would like. Like Mary Wisner, those moments of being together seem very far apart. Still, Mary reminds us that when we are worried or anxious, we can spend our waiting time constructively by focusing on God and what God would have us do for others instead of trying to control that which is up to God.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for your patience with us when we wait with worry and frustration. Help us to draw strength and courage from you as we wait on your word. Amen. –Mary Wisner