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Anticipation (Psalm 119:123)

My eyes fail with longing for Your salvation and for Your righteous word.
Psalm 119:123

Have you ever prayed for something day after day, year after year, longing for God to accomplish the work that He alone can accomplish? This is the picture of the psalmist. He has been praying and waiting so long that he feels as though his eyes would fail. His oppressors have been unrelenting, and God’s deliverance has not been quick to rescue him.

We can be very impatient people. Our expectation is often dashed because we think God should be obligated to our timetable. We often think in minutes, hours, or days. God’s view of time is quite different.

But do not let this one fact escape your notice, beloved, that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
2 Peter 3:8

In the midst of such circumstances, we can be certain that what God has declared in His righteous word will absolutely come true. His plans will be perfectly orchestrated, and those of us who are His children will be immensely blessed.

Therefore we do not lose heart, but though our outer man is decaying, yet our inner man is being renewed day by day. For momentary, light affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory far beyond all comparison, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen; for the things which are seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2 Corinthians 4:16–18

Rocky Wyatt

Rocky Wyatt came to know the Lord as a young teenager and began working in youth ministry when in college. After serving in churches in Utah, California and Colorado, Rocky moved to Texas to serve as Youth Pastor at Countryside Bible Church. He served there for 26 years where he eventually moved from youth ministry to serve as an Associate Pastor.

Over the course of his ministry, Rocky has always had a desire to train men for pastoral ministry in the context of the local church. In 1992 he started XL Ministries, an organization that is committed to helping churches establish intensive internships for pastoral training. In 2020 he left his position at Countryside Bible Church to become the Executive Director of XL Ministries and now works full time assisting churches in training men for ministry.

He is co-author of The Youth Ministry Training Manual, a textbook for training youth pastors, and has also written multiple other resources for use in various local church ministries. He is currently working on a book to encourage churches to take the primary responsibility to train pastors.

Rocky is married to Pamela, has two sons and daughters-in-law, and ten grandchildren. 

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your toil is not in vain in the Lord.1 Corinthians 15:58