The LORD is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the LORD.
Lamentations 3:25–26, ESV
These words of Jeremiah come not in a time of ease or great victory but out of great suffering. It is a good reminder for us as we realize that our salvation was bought for us out of great suffering. As followers of the one true God, we walk in enemy territory. The enemy is always lurking to kill and destroy. The Gospel is a threat, yet, we can stand tall in knowing that the victory of our Lord is already won. In our struggles, we can stand firm in the glory that God has given to us. The power of the saving word of God spoken from the cross was ringing out in the words of the prophets like Jeremiah. At that time, the clarity was limited because the Gospel was not fully revealed. Yet, today things are not that much different. Many walk without knowledge of the Gospel. We see the rebellion in the actions and the words. We view the cruelty perpetrated by so many in our world. In spite of this, God’s glory and mercy rise above it all. There are monuments that stand across our globe that are built to shine out His glory. But no matter how many monuments are built or how great they are, there is no greater testimony of His mercy or glory than the heart of one who has been changed through His gift. The salvation promise was given to all of us. We are called to wait with patience as we proclaim His glory. We wait with expectant hearts knowing that His salvation is here and He will return in full glory.
Let us pray. I thank you, my heavenly Father, through Jesus Christ, your dear Son, that you have kept me this night from all harm and danger, and I ask you to protect me this day also from sin and every evil, that in all I do today, I may please you. For into your hands, I commend myself, my body and soul, and all that is mine. Let your holy angel watch over me, that the wicked foe have no power over me. Amen.