Sunday, December 22, 2013

Stop Moving For A Minute!

Wait patiently for the Lord, be brave and courageous.  Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.  Psalm 27:14 (NLT)

Be still in the presence of the Lord, and wait patiently for him to act.  Psalm 37:7a (NLT)

"Be still, and know that I am God!  I will be honored by every nation.  I will be honored throughout the world."  Psalme 46:10 (NLT)

I am counting on the Lord; yes, I am counting on him.  I have put my hope in his word.  Psalm 130:5 (NLT)

So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion.  For the Lord is a faithful God.  Blessed are those who wait for his help.  Isaiah 30:18 (NLT)

But those that trust in the Lord will find new strength.  They will soar high on wings like eagles.  They will run and not grow weary.  They will walk and not faint.  Isaiah 40:31 (NLT)

Be silent before the Lord, all humanity, for he is springing to action from his holy dwelling.  Zechariah 2:13 (NLT)

We are people of action.  Guys are especially bad at this.  When there is a problem men feel the need to find a solution.  When we face trials we feel like we have to figure out what the problem is,  and then fix it.  James says that the testing of our faith produces patience.  How are we developing patience if we jump right into trying to fix things?  Do you ever think that God may be the only solution for your problem?  I have chosen these verses, because they all make mention of waiting on God to act.  Sometimes, our problems are much bigger than we are.  We are unable to find solutions and to fix what is broken.  This is what Jesus was talking about when he said to cast all your cares upon him.  It is these times that he is trying to teach us to trust him.  He is still on the throne.  He will make something out of a situation that you are unable to figure out on your own.  He is always working.

I have had a hard time being patient lately.  I don't know what God is trying to do.  I do know that he is trying to teach me to be patient.  Every part of my soul cries out to him at times.  I want him to act faster.  I want to be able to do something myself to move my life forward.  It is times like this that he is able to reveal himself in a deeper way to us.  I need to be still.  I don't have the answers.  I don't have an solutions.  I don't know what God would have me do in the next year.  I do know right now that he wants me to trust him.  It may seem like I am stuck in neutral, but this was never my battle to fight.  God has wanted to fight this battle for me all along.  Any attempts I make to inject myself into it have failed.  He is bigger than I am.  He is more powerful.  I don't understand why I find it so difficult to trust him with this.  I keep repeating a song from Sunday school to myself.  Trust and Obey!  That is really all he is asking of me right now.  Trust that he is working for my good, and obey his work, and stay true to him.  I don't know how everything will work out in the end.  I do know that I will be stronger.  I will be closer to God.  I will have a deeper and richer faith in him.  I just have to continue to trust and obey him.  He will take care of the details.



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