Psalm 62:5 says, “My soul wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.”
There are times when we feel the need for encouragement. For most, we look for it in people, rightly so because God designed us for fellowship. But, what tends to happen is that we manipulate praise or encouragement. Now, should we put on a front and try to act like everything is fine. No, that wouldn’t be honest. Should what people think about our accomplishments govern how or if we will perform in the future? No, definitely not. What we need to do is wait (be still) and let God orchestrate encouragement and praise. You might be going about your day and someone may drop a note in your box with a verse written inside. Or, you might show up at school and there is a post-it note on your desk with, “I was just thinking about you. Have a nice day!” After you sing in church someone may come up to you and say, “That was just what I needed.” The unexpected blessings when you weren’t looking for them are the best. Doesn’t God only give his best? Wait, be still, and let your encouragement come from the Lord when he deems you need it. All you may really need is a renewing of your mind through scripture. Praise from our Lord is lasting who is the “lifter up of my head.” Let your expectations come from the Lord who will never fail.