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Today’s 333 Devotional: “A Languishing Soul”
It’s not easy to wait patiently, especially when it comes to our need to wait upon the Lord.
Psalm 119: 81-88 says, “My soul faints for Your salvation, but I hope in Your word. My eyes fail from searching Your word, saying, ‘When will You comfort me?’ … Yet I do not forget Your statutes … Revive me according to Your lovingkindness, so that I may keep the testimony of Your mouth.”
This passage seems to resonate within our souls, because deep down as we wait for God’s promises our souls are languishing, that is, they’re becoming less and less energized as we long to move forward longing for God’s word of revival to break forth.
The reason is because we’re tired of waiting, and the hope of God’s glory shining through us as it did in the beginning is becoming a dull memory as we serve the Lord more out of obligation than joy.
I know your works, your labor, your patience … (but) you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works.” (Revelation 2:2-5)
While we are serving the Lord we need to be patiently waiting, but also that there would exist within our souls an expectation and anticipation of God’s ultimate salvation, and that His lovingkindness will manifest itself seeing the Lord’s work being accomplished and a revival take place.
Solomon seemed to experience this languishing as he waited as well, but at the same time he knew the blessing that waited.
“Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a longing fulfilled is a tree of life.” (Proverbs 13:12)
Therefore, we need to pray that God’s word would take hold of our soul and spirit, and that nothing in this world, our flesh, or Satan would detract us from this endeavor.
“To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.” (Revelation 2:7)
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