Daily Archives: December 17, 2019

December 17 Learning to Wait

Scripture Reading: Lamentations 3:24–26

Key Verse: Lamentations 3:26

It is good that one should hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.

We live in a time when we do not have to wait very long for the things we want, and we like it that way. To paraphrase a recent ad campaign for a restaurant chain, we want the events of our lives to happen “our way, right away.”

Perhaps this is why we get so frustrated when our time frame is delayed by someone else’s inability to make a decision. Think about the last time you were in a lunch line and someone in front of you simply could not decide what he wanted. There you were, ready to get your sandwich, get out the door, and get on with your life, but someone stood in the way. We usually do not respond well to someone else misusing our time.

This haste carries over into our prayer lives as well. We rejoice when God answers with yes, and we try to understand when He says no. However, there is a third answer to prayer, and it may well be the most frustrating one of all: “Wait.”

As we grow in spiritual maturity, we will begin to realize that we are not made to wait because God needs more time to make a wise decision. He knows the best answer to our prayers before we even ask. Instead, we are often made to wait upon the Lord because we are simply not ready for a yes or no answer.

Our human view is dreadfully limited to our own time frame and circumstances; God is not so encumbered. Take time to thank Him today for His wisdom in making us wait sometimes, even when we don’t want to.

Lord, I am prone to wanting things my way and right away! Thank You that in Your unencumbered wisdom, You ask me to wait, sometimes, because You know it is best.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (2006). Pathways to his presence (p. 368). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

December 17 God’s Perfect Timing

Scripture Reading: 1 Samuel 13:1–14

Key Verse: Psalm 128:1

Blessed is every one who fears the Lord, who walks in His ways.

All of us know the feeling; a decision must be made, and from our point of view God seems to be dragging His feet. That was what Saul was feeling just before battling the Philistines. Samuel had instructed him to wait seven days. At the end of that time, he would come and make the appointed sacrifice.

But by the morning of the seventh day, Samuel had not arrived and Saul made a spiritually devastating decision to make the sacrifice himself:

Saul’s motivation … seems genuine and appropriate: the Philistines were gathering for battle against Israel, his men were deserting him, and Samuel had not arrived … Saul therefore felt the urgent need to seek God’s favor—or at least that was his excuse. What he apparently failed to realize, however, is that animal sacrifice is not a prerequisite for entreating God … The fact is that Saul had not heeded the divine word through the prophet, and obedience is always better than sacrifice. (The Expositor’s Bible Commentary)

Shortcuts are never an acceptable alternative to God’s chosen plan. Before you make the decision to go ahead of Him, think of the consequences and how they will affect your life at a later date. At that point Saul lost his right to the kingdom. Remember, whatever you think needs to be done now can wait for God’s perfect timing.

Father, Your timing is perfect. Don’t let me be diverted by shortcuts. Your way is best, even when it seems longer. Give me patience to wait.[1]

 

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 368). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

FISA COURT Slams FBI “Errors and Omissions” in Trump Adviser Carter Page Spying Application — The Gateway Pundit

In October 2018 Representative Mark Meadows sent a letter to to U.S. District Judge Rosemary Collyer. She is chief judge of FISA Court. Over a year ago Mark Meadows encouraged Collyer to investigate the FISA abuses that took place under President Obama’s FBI. In particular Meadows asked Judge Collyer to act on the abuses by love birds Peter Strzok and Lisa Page.

Readers of The Gateway Pundit for the past three years knew about this abuse of power by the FBI and the Obama DOJ to spy on the Trump campaign and administration.

last week DOJ Inspector General Michael Horowitz finally released his report documenting Obama administration abuse of the FISA Court.

On Tuesday Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court, rebuked the FBI under Director Chris Wray for the abuse of the FISA Court.

NBC News reported:

The secret court that approves orders to conduct surveillance on suspected foreign terrorists or spies issued a highly unusual public rebuke to the FBI on Tuesday, ordering the agency to say how it intends to correct the errors revealed last week by the Justice Department inspector general.

Rosemary Collyer, presiding judge on the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance (FISA) court, said the inspector general’s report “calls into question whether information contained in other FBI applications is reliable.” She ordered the FBI to file a report by Jan. 10 on how it intends to remedy those mistakes.

In his testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, Inspector General Michael Horowitz expressed misgivings about the FBI’s errors and omissions in its requests for judicial approval to conduct surveillance on Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

“We are deeply concerned that so many basic and fundamental errors were made by three separate, hand-picked investigative teams on one of the most sensitive FBI investigations after the matter had been briefed to the highest levels within the FBI,” Horowitz said.

via FISA COURT Slams FBI “Errors and Omissions” in Trump Adviser Carter Page Spying Application — The Gateway Pundit

Crackdown on Christianity in China Ramps Up — ChurchLeaders

Persecution rising toward levels under Chairman Mao, sources say. Despite all the persecution, Christianity in China doesn’t seem to be going anywhere. The post Crackdown on Christianity in China Ramps Up appeared first on ChurchLeaders.

via Crackdown on Christianity in China Ramps Up — ChurchLeaders

President Trump Letter to Speaker Pelosi: “You are declaring open war on American democracy”… — The Last Refuge

President Donald Trump sends a seven-page letter to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi outlining the executive concerns with the bastardization of a legislative impeachment process that will forever change the landscape of our constitutional republic.

…”You are turning a policy disagreement between two branches into an impeachable offense – it is no more legitimate than the executive branch charging members of congress with crimes for the lawful exercise of legislative power”…

[pdf link is HERE and full letter embed below]

 

via President Trump Letter to Speaker Pelosi: “You are declaring open war on American democracy”… — The Last Refuge