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God’s Wise Purposes

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February 19, 2024 7:00 pm

God’s Wise Purposes

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February 19, 2024 7:00 pm

The United Kingdom brims with history. Everywhere you go, you see plaques honoring historic figures or commemorating sites where important events occurred. But one such sign exemplifies the droll British sense of humor. On a weathered plaque outside a bed and breakfast in Sandwich, England, a message reads, “On this site, Sept. 5, 1782 nothing happened.”  

Sometimes it seems to us that nothing is happening regarding our prayers. We pray and pray, bringing our petitions to our Father with expectation that He will respond—right now. The psalmist David expressed such frustration when he prayed, “How long, Lord? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?” (Psalm 13:1). We can easily echo those same thoughts: How long, Lord, before you respond?  

However, our God is not only perfect in His wisdom but also in His timing. David was able to say, “I trust in your unfailing love; my heart rejoices in your salvation” (v. 5). Ecclesiastes 3:11 reminds us, “[God] has made everything beautiful in its time.” The word beautiful means “appropriate” or “a source of delight.” God may not always respond to our prayers when we’d like Him to, but He is always working out His wise purposes. We can take heart that when He does answer, it will be right and good and beautiful.

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Welcome to today's encouragement from Our Daily Bread.

I'm Bill Crowder and I titled our reading, God's Wise Purposes. The United Kingdom brims with history. Everywhere you go, you see plaques honoring historic figures or commemorating sites where important events occurred.

But one such sign exemplifies the droll British sense of humor. On a weathered plaque outside a bed and breakfast in Sandwich, England, a message reads, on this site, September 5, 1782, nothing happened. Sometimes it seems to us that nothing is happening regarding our prayers. We pray and pray, bringing our petitions to our Father with expectation that He'll respond. Right now. The psalmist David expressed such frustration when he prayed in Psalm 13, How long, Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me?

We can easily echo those same thoughts. How long, Lord, before you respond? However, our God is not only perfect in His wisdom, but also in His timing. David was able to say, I trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in your salvation. Ecclesiastes 3.11 reminds us, God has made everything beautiful in its time.

The word beautiful means appropriate or a source of delight. God may not always respond to our prayers when we'd like Him to, but He's always working out His wise purposes. We can take heart that when He does answer, it will be right and good and beautiful.

Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is Psalm 13. How long, Lord, will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and day after day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?

Look on me and answer, Lord my God. Give light to my eyes or I will sleep in death and my enemy will say, I have overcome him and my foes will rejoice when I fall. But I trust in your unfailing love. My heart rejoices in your salvation. I will sing the Lord's praise for He has been good to me. Let's pray. Loving God, please help us to learn a patience in prayer born out of trust in you. Thank you, Lord. It's in Jesus' name we pray. Amen. Thanks for listening today. Today's encouragement was provided by Our Daily Bread Ministries.
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