Today’s Scripture: Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. Psalm 27:14

Does it ever feel like God has forgotten you? I’m sure David felt that way in between the time he was anointed king and the time he assumed the throne. He waited 14 long years. These were years of shepherding, running, and uncertainty.

Maybe you’re suffering with an illness and you just don’t know how much longer you can take it. Or perhaps you’re praying for a prodigal son or daughter and your heart is ripped apart in pain. Perhaps you’re looking for a job and the market seems to be drying up.

Waiting may be the hardest thing we endure as Christians, but the moments of uncertainty often serve as the greatest opportunities for growth. We don’t do much growing when everything is going well. Why? Because we easily lose sight of God.

It’s in those waiting years, the wilderness moments, that we are forced on our knees in prayer. We must cling to the Scriptures to find the answers, to find hope, and to trust in the sure promises of God.

David waited fourteen years. Moses waited forty years. Joseph waited seven years. Your wilderness journey may be but a few weeks, a few months, or a few years, but you can rest on one, concrete assurance: God has not forgotten you.

Devotional by Dr. James A. Scudder