Thanks to the YouVersion Bible app, I could not get yesterday's verse of the day, out of my mind. In case you missed it, it's Psalms 27:14
Wait on the Lord; be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart; wait, I say, on the Lord.
Of course, I'm also reminded when I see the phrase, "wait on the Lord" that this isn't a sitting on the couch waiting for your ride or someone to finish getting ready to leave. Nor is it standing in line, hoping everyone in front will take care of their business.
It's an active waiting, capped with the exclamation of courage... for literally, what good is courage without activity. Yet, in the absence of understanding and clarity, courage says, let us continue in what we know to do is right and in what needs to be done... even if we are alone in doing so; even in the face of difficulty and commentary.
That said, the timing of God is perfect and sovereign... and rarely in alignment with our ideals. Often it feels as though He is behind to our thoughts and preferences, but just as often, God moves quick. The hindsight of both, though, is amazing. We stand in awe of what God accomplishes when He says go; we stand in awe of His wisdom and how things work out for the better, that things didn't happening according to our timeline, but His.
As I thought about deacons and church operations, these people stand as the face of the church to community. Staff and administrators are often the first to hear of problems, both within the church and the community; hearing the burdens of parishioners and the difficulties of those outside the four wheels, seeking help and direction. In such circumstances, the tension of this "waiting" can be difficult. They must continue in the work set before them, yet continue to trust in God's timing and share such understanding and perspective to those they engage.
Pray, this #deaconThursday, that as deacons and church administrators and staff wait on the Lord, indeed, may their hearts be strengthened. Pray God would grant to them wisdom and discernment, in the conversations they find themselves in... that they would declare the goodness of God, bringing hope and encourage and truth to people's lives. May God use these positions to increase the impact of the church in the communities they serve. For the situations and challenges they face in their own lives, pray God would lift them up. May the not grow weary in well-doing, but God would quicken and empower them anew and afresh. Pray they would stay the course in good faith; the plans of the enemy to detract and derail would be thwarted.
As we wait,
May we press on.
In the work we've been called,
Strengthened in heart.
Rising above as eagles.
To be used for the glory of God
And the advancement of the gospel of Christ.
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