“It is good that one hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.” Lamentations 3:26
In a recent Experiencing God group I led, we discussed the question, “In what specific area of your life do you struggle to believe that God is at work and has a plan?” For some, the struggle was in believing God for the salvation of a family member. For others, it was the struggle in believing God in the health issues of someone they loved.
What about you? In what specific area of your life do you struggle to believe that God is at work and has a plan?
This is what I have come to believe. Salvation comes from the Lord alone. The Lord alone saves us. He alone saves others. We can’t conjure up salvation. We can’t will salvation into reality for ourselves, let alone others. The Lord saves us and others from sin. We can’t save ourselves, nor forgive ourselves. The Lord heals you, me and others from sin, as well as, disease and sickness. Salvation comes from the Lord alone.
If the Lord should ever use you and me as a vessel for the salvation of someone’s soul or the healing of their disease, we are to never take credit for it. Salvation comes from the Lord alone. This reality freed me years ago. If someone’s marriage was saved as Dawn and I worked with them, we learned not to take the credit. Because, salvation comes from the Lord alone. Likewise, if someone’s marriage failed even after we worked with them, we knew not to accept the blame. Salvation comes from the Lord alone.
Once, while meeting with a couple, I could tell the wife wasn’t feeling well. I asked her if she was alright. She said, “I think I have a migraine.” I said, “Well, let’s pray.” I said a simple prayer of faith asking for God’s healing. As soon I said, “Amen,” she said “It’s gone!” Want to know what I did? I said, “Well, praise the Lord!” I knew, salvation comes from the Lord alone. I couldn’t take the credit. I didn’t heal her. The Lord healed her.
Similarly, I’ve prayed numerous times for marriages to be saved and individuals to be healed. And, guess what. Some weren’t. You know what, I didn’t accept the blame. Salvation comes from the Lord alone.
So, what is our role as we wait on the salvation of the Lord? According to Lamentations 3:26, our role is simply to hope and wait quietly. Our hope is not mere wishful thinking. It is a confident assurance that God hears and God will answer. Hebrews 11:1 states, “Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Our hope is in the fact that God is Who He says He is and can do what He says He can do.
Hopeful and quiet waiting is good to the Lord. Our waiting on the Lord conveys that we trust Him. It says, “I know You love me, Lord. You know what’s best for me. You want what’s best for me. And, You have the power to provide what’s best for me.”
I don’t know what you’re waiting on. But, let me encourage you to wait quietly with hope. Don’t fear. Don’t fret. Don’t wring your hands in anxiety. Remember, God is always at work around you. He is for you (Psalm 118:6,7).
It is good that you and I hope and wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord…for salvation comes from the Lord alone.
- Where are you waiting for the salvation of the Lord? In a particular circumstance? For a particular person?
- As you wait for the salvation of the Lord, what are you presently doing?
- What do you find helpful in developing your ability to hope and wait quietly?