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Thursday, March 20, 2014
March 14, 2014
Today's Photograph . . . . It Is Not So Much What We Are Waiting For, But On Whom We Are Waiting (MQ)
Bible Study Verse
"Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." (NASB)
Thoughts In numerous Psalms, we are exhorted to "wait for the Lord." Yet, for many of us, including myself, waiting on anything is often hard to do. It takes patience to wait. It is a big help if we at least have some idea of what we are waiting for.
This does, of course, apply to hunting: If I know for sure there are deer in the area, it is much easier to stay where I am and wait. The best way to know beforehand is to do ample scouting. Scouting never guarantees the success of a hunt; but it does verify that an area is worth hunting.
In our relationship with the Lord, it is not so much what we are waiting for, but on Whom we are waiting! To know the Lord is to love Him; and to love Him is to trust Him more. Waiting speaks of patience. With regard to waiting on the Lord, patience is trust in action. I don't usually know exactly how the Lord will answer or respond, but I can know Him; and His answers and responses will always be in accord with who He is. "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever," Hebrews 13:8 (NASB). The more I get to know Him, the easier the waiting becomes.
Action Point Read your Bible with the purpose of better knowing and understanding the heart of God. Per A. W. Tozer, "What you think, when you think about God, is the most important thing about you." This is true because what you think about God affects how you think about everything else!
Sportsmen's Tip of the Day Scouting is important. It does not guarantee the success of a hunt, but it can greatly improve the prospects. Hike your hunting area as often as you can. Pay attention to where and when you see game. Learn where they are coming from, and where they go when spooked. Once you have all this figured out, it is just a matter of patience and making a good shot!