God has been showing me over the last few weeks the need to be less distracted and the need to stop trying to force events into happening. To allow him to do his work and to learn to be still while I wait for his timing and his call to move forward. This week God gave me a new perspective on waiting.
My life verse is Psalm 46:10, Be still and know that I am God. This is appropriate for me because I have a tendency to run around like a chicken with my head cut off when life gets crazy. (How many of you can relate to me? I know you’re out there) I am so grateful for this verse and for what God has shown me about himself, that even though I am distracted he is not and he has got it under control. Now I am much less prone to running around and trying to solve and instead am able to stop, pray, and allow God to calm and bring me rest. A huge change for me that can only have come through the Holy Spirit.
In my devotional time Tuesday morning the verse of scripture I was reflecting upon was Psalm 37:7, Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. The part God had me focusing on was the first part, the being still and waiting patiently for him. But this time for different reasons, the waiting patiently and being still, this part resonated with me today. I am in a season of life changes, empty nesting, giving up a long standing tennis commitment and trying to figure out how my life will evolve when summer arrives.
Now we all have been in situations where we want God to move. Maybe for you it’s been in funding for a mission trip God has called you to, maybe an illness that needs healing, maybe it’s a financial issue that needs resolving, or maybe you are like me-life is changing and you’re not sure what it means. There are many others, but the point being, we all either now or at one point in our lives are waiting for God to move and really don’t understand why nothing is changing. Sometimes we’re good at waiting upon God, able to continually lift the need up in prayer, but other times I confess, I try and fix or find a solution on my own. I chose not to abide in God, which often times leads to poor, irrational choices or decisions.
So this morning, I looked up verses on being still before the Lord or waiting upon the Lord. And I found a few others that resonated with me.
- The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
- Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord. (Psalm 27:14)
- I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning (Psalm 130:5-6)
Through these verses, I hear God tenderly speaking to us. He is saying:
- Be still before me child.
- Wait patiently for my help and direction, it is on the way.
- I am present in your circumstances and hear your cries.
- I am fighting for you and will uphold you along the way.
He is calling us to rest in his provisions, to quiet ourselves so that we give him time to speak and time to allow him to work in us and show us the way. Time to allow him to work in our circumstances that is for our benefit and his glory. This is truly abiding. What a wonderful way to live, beautifully connected to our God.
I hope these verses encourage you to practice the art of stillness. I challenge not only you but myself as well, to release the circumstances we are hoping to change to God and allow him to work in and through it all. Simply put, it is in the abiding that God does wonderful work in us and transforms us into whom he created us to become.