For since the world began, no ear has heard and no eye has seen a God like you, who works for those who wait for Him! (Isa. 64:4)
Acknowledging our limitations opens the door to God’s intervention
Remembering how God has come through in our past circumstances gives us faith to call on Him in our time of need. In Isaiah chapter 64, the prophet Isaiah is interceding in prayer for the remnant of Israel. Before He makes the proclamation above from verse 4, He recalls and praises God for the awesome deeds He did in the past that exceeded their highest expectations. (v.3)
Waiting, in general, is difficult; the greater the need, the less patience most of us have to wait, am I right? The Hebrew word for wait used here is chakah; it implies waiting with trusting anticipation, or longing because we know and trust God’s heart for His children.
Although the Lord has been overwhelmingly gracious to me and redeemed me from past situations that I wouldn’t have survived without Him, when challenging circumstances crop up, I’m still inclined to think I can “fix” things on my own. Thankfully, those times are becoming fewer and farther between because I pray for discernment each morning, asking the Holy Spirit to “nudge” my heart when I begin to depart from His leading.
It’s our attitude, not our actions, that draw us closer to the heart of God. He’s looking for tender and broken hearts to dwell in; people who lay aside their pride and instead realize their need for Him. We do this by talking honestly with Him, submitting our lives to Him each day, and then spending time in His Word and being receptive to what He says.
Would you like to begin your day with eyes to see, ears to hear, and a heart that’s open and receptive to Jesus? Here’s a simple prayer if you need a little guidance:
“Father, thank you for your faithfulness to forgive me and answer my prayers. I know the temptations are coming, but I know I can’t face them without you. Lord Jesus, I can’t, but you can. I trust you to live your life through me. When I start to slip in the wrong direction, convict my heart, and lead me back to you. Help me relinquish my worries; let go of control and lean into you, trusting you to see me through. In Jesus’ name, I pray, Amen.
Sending peace, love, and prayers to all!
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