And Gideon said unto him, Oh my Lord, if the LORD be with us, why then is all this befallen us? and where be all his miracles which our fathers told us of, saying, Did not the LORD bring us up from Egypt? but now the LORD hath forsaken us… And the LORD looked upon him, and said, Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianites: have not I sent thee? … And the LORD said unto him, Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act. … The steps of a man are established by the LORD, when he delights in his way—Don’t be impatient for the Lord to act! Travel steadily along his path.
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. … And count the patience of our Lord as salvation— Keep steady my steps according to your promise.
Knowing God leads to self-control. Self-control leads to patient endurance, and patient endurance leads to godliness—But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.
Judges 6:13-14, 16 KJV; Ps.37:5, 23 ESV; Ps.37:34 NLT; II Pet. 3:9, 15 ESV; Ps.119:133 NLT; II Pet.1:6 NLT; Jam.1:4 NKJV
Life is so full of waits and confounding circumstances, of not knowing what to do but knowing something must change. This helpless dependency on Someone greater than ourselves grows more acute with age, or maybe it’s just that we are made more aware of it as those we love age. And just maybe this has something to do with the glory God is preparing us for that we can only grow into through troubles and testings.
Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done on earth, just as it is in Heaven!