Saturday, April 19, 2014
April 19: Be strong + confident!
Where would I be if I did not believe I would experience the Lord’s favor in the land of the living? Rely on the Lord! Be strong and confident! Rely on the Lord. (Psalm 27:13,14 NET)
Here is a man who was praying for God's blessings. They had not come when he expected them, but he is not discouraged or giving up. Instead he is confident that God will answer his prayers, and that he will experience the Lord’s favor on earth. He isn't just thinking about blessings in heaven and eternal life—he knows God will bless him on earth, during his present life. When we read the Bible, we notice that God's servants sometimes had to wait patiently for the help they needed. But the main thing we must remember is that God always responds; He always fulfills His promises. If His answer to your prayer is delayed, there’s a good reason. Remember, God can see everything and knows the beginning and end of everything—so He knows the best time for blessing us.
This Psalm encourages us to rely on the Lord, and to be strong and confident. If there is nothing in your life that is blocking the answer to your prayer—no sin or rebellion, no unforgiveness, no divided heart—then be strong and press ahead in faith knowing that God has to bless you. The word of God says, “…whenever we ask anything according to his will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in regard to whatever we ask, then we know that we have the requests that we have asked from him.”
When the Bible says “Rely on the Lord” (some versions say “wait” on the Lord)—the meaning is to depend on Him and know for certain that He is going to act. This does not mean that we should be passive or inactive. It does not mean we should fold our hands and sit down—definitely not! Throughout the Bible we are commanded to go forward in faith—to do all that we can to cause our prayers to be answered. So be confident, be strong, and move forward in the unconquerable faith that you will very soon experience the favor of God in the land of the living!