Have you ever sat and reflected on how many minutes and hours of a day you waste feeling that you will never reach your full potential – your book will never be published, your public and preaching ministry will never be expanded, God will never use you?
Wasted minutes feeling guilty (past and present guilt), feeling angry (with yourself, with others), feeling depressed, frustrated, hopeless and worthless.
Feeling that you don’t really feature on God’s radar or the radar of those around you?
If any of the above feelings pertain to you then, for the next week/month/year, however long it takes, set aside 30 minutes a day and read and reflect on the following passage:
‘Yet, the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for Him!
O people of Zion, who live in Jerusalem, you will weep no more. How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you.” (Isaiah 30:18,19)
Reflect for a moment on the word YET – it means nevertheless; still; in spite of that…
“YET, nevertheless; still; in spite of all that you may feel – the Lord longs to be gracious to you; He rises to show you compassion”.
He longs, He desires, He wants to be merciful to you.
He rises to show you pity, to help you through your pain and doubts and fears.
Take 30 minutes of your day and read and re-read those words. “you will weep no more. How gracious He will be when you cry for help! As soon as He hears, He will answer you”
We are often so wrapped up in our own self-pity, problems and fears that we cannot/do not hear what God is saying to us.
Lord, I bring before you all that I feel. I thank you that you will deal with me with compassion and grace and that you will answer me because it is written in your Word. Grant me Lord daily the patience to sit quietly before you, in meditation and mindfulness and allow me to be quiet long enough to hear you and to give you time to reveal Yourself to me.