TITLE: 23-008 FROM THE HEART OF GOD

VERSE: The LORD longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the LORD is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! ISAIAH 30:18, NIV

“You may think it strange that I long to be gracious to My people, as if I have to wait to express My feelings toward you, to be merciful, or to act on your behalf. But sometimes if I acted on My compassion in the way you would like, you would receive it as an endorsement of your current direction or be overwhelmed by the weight of it. I want to do some wonderful things in your life, but My love for you demands that I wait until you can handle them well. So the expression of My compassion lingers.

“So does My voice. I long to speak to you with the same kind of longing that stirs My compassion. Why don’t I, you ask? Because I have chosen to respect your willingness. I can do anything I want, but I don’t often intrude on people’s lives and force a relationship on them. I’ve startled a few choice servants throughout history by surprising them with My voice, but generally I wait for people to come to Me. The relationship is much more satisfying for both of us that way. I much prefer that you realize you have this longing deep in your heart than for Me to tell you that you do.

“So you are blessed if you turn toward Me  —and blessed if you wait for Me. Many cry out to Me, but not many wait. If you do both, you will be one of the few. You must understand that My heart of compassion is instantaneous, but My acts of compassion are not. Sometimes I wait for you, and sometimes I expect you to wait for Me. You will always be glad when you do.”

LET'S PRAY...

Father, I need to know Your compassion even before I see it, and I need to know You will speak even before I hear. Give me the resolve and the tenacity to wait for You. You reward those who diligently seek You; I commit to being one of those who do.

𝐓𝐇𝐄 𝐏𝐎𝐖𝐄𝐑 𝐎𝐅 𝐆𝐎𝐃'𝐒 𝐖𝐇𝐈𝐒𝐏𝐄𝐑
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