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And therefore the Lord [earnestly] waits [expecting, looking, and longing] to be gracious to you; and therefore He lifts Himself up, that He may have mercy on you and show loving-kindness to you. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) are all those who [earnestly] wait for Him, who expect and look and long for Him [for His victory, His favor, His love, His peace, His joy, and His matchless, unbroken companionship]! Isaiah 30:18 AMPC
I’m always excited when I’m about to do something that will bring a smile to my daughter’s face. Her joy brings me such joy. I love her so much. I’m constantly thinking of her good. Always have her best interest in mind.
Sometimes it’s difficult to imagine God being this way with us. Even though He’s love personified. Though He’s the only One who knows how to love us perfectly. Sometimes there’s still a part of us that finds it difficult to believe just how good God is. To believe that He loves us that much. For some of us, we’ve never known love like that. Some of us never had fathers who were present. Never had emotionally demonstrative parents. Some of us have never received gifts. Some of us grew up feeling we had to earn our parents’ love and approval. Upon the backdrop of our broken pasts, sometimes God’s goodness just seems ‘too good to be true’.
But God is saying to us, “I am that good and when you choose to believe it, you’ll experience it”. If you don’t trust someone’s heart towards you, then no matter what they do, you’ll never perceive their actions as they’re intended. You’ll never be able to see their kindness or love for you. Until we trust God’s heart towards us, it is impossible to see His goodness in our lives. The enemy seeks to use our brokenness to bring despair where we should have such hope in God. To bring discouragement and doubt where we should be filled with joy and faith because of all He’s done for us. Even when things look bleak.
God in the scripture says He is constantly looking with excitement for ways to be good to you. To show you kindness and favor. He longs to be gracious to you. Why does He have to long to be gracious to us? Can’t He just do that whenever He pleases? God certainly can and will do as He pleases. But if we don’t trust Him, we won’t see what He’s doing as gracious. We won’t be able to rest when we don’t understand what His hands are doing because we don’t trust that His heart towards us is good.
So He lifts Himself up. He exalts Himself in the midst of our circumstances to show us His loving-kindness – to make His loving-kindness evident to us. The type of situation that leaves room for God to show up in this way is one that goes beyond our ability to fix things. God has the opportunity to do miracles on our behalf when there’s nothing that will save us but a miracle. Sometimes in the middle of our most trying times, God is waiting for us to trust Him so that His loving-kindness will become clear to us. So He can show us His mercy and loving-kindness.
He even gives us a comfort as we seek to trust Him. A promise in which we can rest assured. He says to us, “I am a God of justice”. When God tells us He’s just, it means He will make all the wrong things right. He’s telling us that He sees what we’ve been through. He sees the challenges we face. The hurt we feel. The fear and anxiety we battle from moment to moment. And He’s saying He’ll take care of all of it. But it’s up to us to trust that He’ll take care of us, even when His methods don’t make sense to our puny, mortal ways of thinking.
You see, that’s why the scripture says those who expectantly wait for God are blessed. Think of it this way – you only longingly look for someone when you’re convinced they’re on their way. When ‘you know that you know’ they’re coming. Waiting in this way for God in our difficult circumstances takes faith. We have to trust what He will rescue us. Maybe not in the way and time that we deem fit. But always in a way and time that is better for us than we could ever have hoped. So the blessing doesn’t come because we trust. It’s just that as we put our hope in God and not in a particular outcome, we’re able to perceive that we’re already blessed. Right there. In the midst of our tough times, stands our loving Father showing us His loving-kindness. And as we choose to trust Him and hope in Him and look for Him with earnest expectation…then we see… More clearly than we ever did before, just how much we are loved. That indeed we are blessed.
Love & Blessings,