“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.”
—Micah 7:7 (NIV)
What are you waiting for?
Maybe you are waiting for something to happen in your life: A much-needed vacation. A baby to be born. A family reunion to take place. A diagnosis from the doctor. A house to be built. A call from a friend.
There are a million things that we wait for throughout our lives. Some are big things and some are small. Some are exciting and full of joy and other things bring anxiety as we wait in uncertainty. In all these times, do you wait with hope in Christ?
The prophet Micah gives us a couple of pointers about how to wait in hope. In the first part of Micah 7:7 he says, “I watch in hope for the Lord.” We, too, can watch and look for the Lord in our times of waiting. Seek His presence in our lives, and look for the places where He is working His will. Watch in hope for the things God is doing.
Micah also says, “My God will hear me.” Micah spoke to God in prayer during this time of waiting. We are also to go to God in prayer as we wait. When we seek the Lord in prayer, our relationship with Him deepens. We have the assurance that God hears us and knows our needs.
If you are in a time of waiting, watch for the Lord’s work in your life with hope in your heart. Keep ever close to God in prayer and know that He hears your prayers. As you wait, may you watch with hope in Christ.
Almighty God, I come to You with a heart that watches in hope. I thank You for hearing me as I come to You. As I teach preschoolers, may I watch for You in hope. Open my eyes to see You at work in their young lives as they grow, as well as within my own life. Amen.
Joye Smith is the WMU preschool ministry consultant.