This word of encouragement was raised in my consciousness as I listened to a song by gospel singer, Vashawn Mitchell (vashawnmitchell.emigospel.com) new single, "Turning around for me". As he ministers this song (you can hear it live on youtube here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzbKwcC-Xmo). The song expresses the feelings of persons who have struggled long and hard in the dark night of disappointment, grief, loss, pain, sickness, trouble...you name it. When you have prayed and waited on the Lord, even for years, sometimes The Lord will touch someone to write a song that will lift you out of despair and give you hope. The phrase in the song that embeds this great scripture says, "It won't always be like this...The Lord will perfect that concerneth me...and sooner or later, turn in my favor... is the word you need...to keep waiting on God, hoping in "His mercy that endureth forever".
The chorus continues in the same vein with a repeat of "around for me...around for me...around for me...it's turning around for me." God truly is not a man that He should lie...He will accomplish...fulfill, "do everything" (various versions of the Psalm 138:8) His plans for you and for me.
I am so thankful that after a long wait before God, a long, long night of not seeing results or seeing our desires in the Lord fulfilled, God will in His time and according to His purposes heal, restore, deliver and make good the wait. Nothing is wasted in God's time. Lessons are being learned in the perfecting process (perfecting is another word for maturing). God is making us like His Son, Jesus who "learned obedience through the things He suffered".
God is going to perfect that, that is everything that concerns my life and yours. We must put our trust in the only hope for this world, The God who can be trusted and deserves not only our trust, but our faithfulness and love. Whatever it is you are waiting on The Lord of Glory, God Almighty to do...wait on it. He will make His word come to pass.
Loving God with all of my heart through Jesus Christ Our Lord. Amen.