Isaiah 33-34 B

“O Lord, be gracious to us; we wait for you. Be our arm every morning, our salvation in the time of trouble.” (33:2‬)

This verse leaps out of a collection of tumultuous thoughts. Trouble is all around, and a plea for grace arises in the waiting.

Be our arm every morning reminds me of Lamentations 3:22-23.

“The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.”

The only way I’ve learned to wait on the LORD is one day at a time. This theme of daily dependence is everywhere. From the manna in the wilderness to the Sermon on the Mount.

“So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will care for itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” (Matthew‬ ‭6:34‬)

Much of the human condition is being overwhelmed. We have a bad habit of taking on more than we can physically/mentally/emotionally handle. Our Creator knows this, and that’s why, throughout Scripture, He pleads for us to trust Him and take it one day at a time.

This is something I feel I am only now in my thirties starting to learn, through application. It’s a lot of looking at today’s list of “to do’s” and not tomorrow’s. It’s a lot of looking back at the faithfulness of God, which got me this far. It’s a discipline of not getting ahead of myself.

The theme of this last year has been discovering, not just God’s will for me, but also His timing and methods. Taking opportunities as them come. Fulfilling obligations as they arise. Remaining faithful. Remaining thankful. I’m not a fast learner at this, but I’m getting closer.

One day at a time.

-Bethany

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