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Testing Our Independence

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"Lead me in Your truth and teach me, For You are the God of my salvation; For You, I wait all the day."             - Psalm 35:5

Children are very dependent people who are constantly testing their independence. The reality is that kids depend on adults for a ton of simple tasks:  eating, bathing, you name it. One of the things kids test their independence on is walking in a parking lot or crossing the street by themselves. Adults understand that it only takes one mistake for a disaster to happen. So at least one or most likely several hundred times a parent will say, "Wait for me!" The parents understand that if the child waits for them then their journey will be much safer and more secure.

In our Psalm today, the psalmist has come to understand what every parent learns about their children. As we walk this journey of a relationship with Jesus, we are dependent on Him for everything. But our flesh wants to test our independence! May God give us grace to learn that we are much safer and more secure as we wait for Him!

Are you waiting and allowing God to lead you, or are you testing your independence?

Waiting Well

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"Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord." - Psalm 27:14

In today's culture, a waiting room is never talked about positively. Whether you are at the DMV or at the doctor, the waiting room is a dreaded place of delay. But as Jesus followers, sometimes the "waiting room" is the place where God does the most heart work. Imagine for a moment if God answered every prayer immediately after you prayed it. Think back over your life and ask whether or not you would've learned and grown without the waiting.

There are many things in our world that we must wait for to enjoy. Cookies in the oven take time to bake. Flowers take time to bloom. Financial investments take years to grow. All of these beautiful gifts from God would not be what they are without the waiting. The life of a Jesus follower is no different. We are what we are because of the waiting. Don't waste your waiting because if you wait well, you will see that God is making something beautiful.

What are some things that you are currently in the "waiting room" on with God? Are you waiting well?

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