My Daily Bread – Got.TRUE.LOVE of GOD?
Hereby perceive we the LOVE of GOD, because He laid down his life for us: and we ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites … Marking Time. Waiting on GOD is active trust in Him. Let no one who waits on You be ashamed.
1 John 3:16 KJV
Let no one who waits on You be ashamed. Psalm 25:3 nkjv
The military command, “Mark Time, March” means to march in place without moving forward. It is an active pause in forward motion while remaining mentally prepared and expectantly waiting the next command. We often have no choice about the things we must wait for—a medical diagnosis, a job interview result, the return of a LOVEd one—but we can decide how we wait. Rather than giving in to fear or apathy, we can continue to “march in place,” actively seeking GOD’s strength and direction each day.
“Show me Your ways, O LORD; teach me Your paths. Lead me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the GOD of my salvation; on You I wait all the day” (vv. 4–5 nkjv).
LORD, give me grace to embrace the pauses in my life, and to be prepared to follow Your next command.
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they LOVE to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your FATHER who is in secret. And your FATHER who sees in secret will reward you.