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“My soul languishes for Your salvation; I wait for Your word.  My eyes fail with longing for Your word, while I say, “When will You comfort me?”  Though I have become like a wineskin in the smoke, I do not forget Your statutes.”  (Psalm 119:81-83)

We may sometimes think that the Lord’s favor is conditional.  “Lord, I have done this, when are you going to do that.”  The Lord is not slow, but awaits the perfect time for all things.  He who knew you before you were in your mother’s womb knows all that is needed.  Do not forget His statutes, but practice them in season and out of season.  He who is just is faithful always.

Lord, in times of trouble and adversity, guide me to see in You the eternal hope You have promised.  Let me never forget that I am in Your hands and that You are leading me as You have always known I needed to be led.  Help me Lord to see through the smoke of this age that I may walk faithfully in the righteousness You give.  Grant me strength to remain always faithful to You.

Lord Jesus, You know adversity.  You have come that we may have liberty and life through You amidst all the struggles of this world.  Help me, O Lord, to see through what this day brings, that I do not like to know, that in all things You will work out my salvation.  Keep me close to You always that I may increasingly become like You.  You are the author and finisher of my faith; lead me, O Lord.  Amen.

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