I was recently challenged to post my favorite verses from the Bible every day for 8 days and challenge someone else to do the same. I’ll admit, I’m not very good at these kinds of challenges. Just recently I had been asked to post a picture of me and my husband every day for a week and tag two other couples. By day three I was so stressed out about who to challenge that I gave up completely!
But I thought I could devote some time to it here, so here I am. I’m going to try to post about a few verses this week and why they are important to me.
Tonight I am going to start with Psalm 27:13-14 (NIV)
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.
If you’ve watched the news or read a paper lately you will be hard pressed to find anything good to discuss between politics, terrorism, and shootings of police officers and unarmed citizens. Every news cycle brings more fodder for our morbid curiosities and more fears for our overactive imaginations. Add all the horror stories shared on social media about the dangers lurking in the foods we eat or the sunscreen we put on our kids or the hidden killers in our kitchen cabinets and it’s amazing we have the courage to get out of bed each morning!
I think that is why this verse resonates so strongly with me, that in spite of all the ugliness in the world, and in spite of all the pain, I can look forward in confidence that I will also see goodness- the goodness of the Lord.
So when I feel overwhelmed and when I feel like the future is muddled and scary, I remind myself to wait for the Lord. When I can’t be confident in myself, or in my surroundings, or in the people around me, I can most certainly be confident in Him. I can be strong, and I can take heart, that I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living and that even now, I can see it. I’ve seen it in my own life and I’ve seen it demonstrated in the lives of people around me.
So even though I cannot always see God’s plan, and I don’t always understand his methods, I’m choosing to wait, not in fear or anxiety, but in confidence for God’s goodness knowing the greatest goodness has already happened, the death and resurrection of his son in payment for our sins. Everything else is just detail. And while there is still pain and there is still suffering, there is also purpose and I can wait in confidence knowing that!