October 17 Devotional


I hated the game “Hide and seek.”  There, I said it … I hated the amount of time when you were the “seeker” that you had to count while the others hid.  I hated the time I had to WAIT for them to hide.  The honest truth is that I didn’t enjoy the “hiding” part either.  I would get in my spot and WAIT and WAIT … not my idea of fun.  Actually, as an adult, I still have trouble WAITING.  Today I read a verse that gives me a reason to WAIT on my Heavenly Father.  “For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside Thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him” (Isaiah 64:4).


Yes, I saw it too … if I want the blessings of God; I will need to WAIT for them.  I don’t know about you, maybe you are very patient and you don’t mind the waiting part.  I seem to be very impatient when it comes to things I want to see and also for the things I don’t want to see.  Today I need to go to the dentist … I hate going to the dentist … I think I would rather go to the mortician.  The waiting leading up to the appointment is something I do not enjoy.  I also have things that I am very excited to see happen in my life.  I have an equally hard time waiting for that to come.


I want to encourage you today (if you are like me) to patiently wait for what God has for us.  We who are believers have an indescribable place waiting for us in Heaven.  As this verse describes, our ears have never heard the beautiful sounds that Heaven will give us.  Our eyes have never seen the spectacular sights Heaven holds for us.  These are all dependent upon us waiting for the Lord.  It is true; none of us will ever touch Heaven unless we have waiting on the Lord.  Without Jesus Christ, our sin blocks any hope of an entrance into Heaven.


I want to end this devotional by encouraging those who are reading this that have been putting off a full trust in Jesus Christ as your Savior.  Don’t wait!  Today admit that you have sinned in your life.  Recognize that God is perfect, and your imperfections cannot enter His Heaven.  Accept the fact that Jesus Christ is the ONLY perfect sacrifice for your sin, and that He died in your place, and in payment for your sin.  Believe with all your heart that Jesus rose from the grave bodily to secure your salvation.  Don’t wait to ask Jesus Christ to forgive your sin; trust His payment for you; believe that His death, burial and resurrection were payment in full for you.  Wait for His coming, but don’t wait to make Him your Savior!  You won’t regret it.