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“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…”

Psalms 37:7 ESV

I have a really hard time sitting still. I feel like I always have to be doing something, whether it’s cleaning or working on a project, I need to feel like I’m being productive. So when I go through a season of waiting, I struggle. I want to be doing something that can change my situation, move it forward and get out of this wilderness as quickly as I can!

Being still is not something that comes easily to most people. We like to have control, to at least have a little bit of say in the situation. Unfortunately, that isn’t how it works with God. He requires crazy faith and our absolute trust.  In the midst of devastation when our future seems bleak, He wants us to relinquish control, step back and let Him do what He does best.

He will always work it out for us, He has never failed. He is the author of our stories; he knows exactly what tomorrow holds! Who better to surrender to, and to trust with our future?

Now, being still doesn’t necessarily mean to sit back and do absolutely nothing. It means to turn the problem over to a very capable God, trust that He knows best and to carry on. Keep waking up early to spend time in prayer, keep reading and studying His precious word, and keep being involved in your local church. Remain faithful to God, and you will look back and be astounded at how He worked it all out!

Prayer

God, help me to know when to be still and wait on you and your perfect timing for my life. I trust that you know best, and this is just a season. I believe you are going to bring me through to the other side and I thank you for that today.

“For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.”  I Samuel 30:24

David and his band of followers had been given refuge by King Achish, and were willing to go to battle with him, but the rest of the princes refused to have him.

When David and his men returned to the town where their families were, they found that it had been invaded, burned with fire, and all their women had been taken captive.  David was distressed because the rest of the people were so grieved, they spoke of stoning him.  But the Scripture tells us that David encouraged himself in the Lord, and after seeking the Lord, he and four hundred of his men pursued after the enemy.  They were successful in recovering their families and everything that had been taken. When they returned to the ones that had been left behind, David was ready to share the spoil with them, but the ones who had gone to battle resisted.  That is when David spoke these words in I Samuel 30:24.

Have you ever felt the enemy whisper to you that you are not important because you have not gone to the mission field, or accomplished anything great for the Lord?  This is not true.  Each one of us has a ministry to fulfill, and at different times in our lives, it may be only to “tarry by the stuff.”  How much would the missionaries, preachers, and evangelists be able to accomplish if there was not someone supporting them with prayer and finances?

John Milton says it well in his poem, “On His Blindness.”  He reflects that he has a place in God’s world despite his disability.

“God doth not need

Either man’s work or his own gifts: who best

Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best. His state

Is kingly; thousands at his bidding speed

And post o’er land and ocean without rest:

They also serve who only stand and wait.”

Prayer:  Lord Jesus, you have called us all to be your servants.  We cannot all go and preach, but we can pray for those who do, and thus we share in the results of the harvest.

Devotion by Anne Johnston

 

“He has given me a new song to sing, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see what he has done and be amazed. They will put their trust in the Lord.”

Psalms 40:3

There are many reasons why God chooses to answer or to wait when we bring a need to Him. I have learned a few over the years, and when I say a few I mean a few. Gods ways are higher than ours and we will never be truly able to understand why He does what He does, when He does.

He is protecting us. Oftentimes we want our answers now, but God sees the full picture… and we don’t. He knows the outcome before we even face the problem. He also knows what tomorrow holds, and if He is keeping you from something – be thankful instead of frustrated.

It isn’t perfect yet. When me and my husband struggled with multiple miscarriages the one thing I told myself over and over again was “it just isn’t perfect yet” We too quickly settle for what’s good instead of what’s best. If you are in a season of waiting, be patient knowing that it just isn’t perfect yet – and He is working it out.

He wants the glory. He is a great and a Mighty God, and He wants credit where credit is due! There are going to be some situations where you will have exhausted every human resource possible – and that’s when He does His best work.

And lastly, so others may see what He has done. There is power in your testimony, and no one on earth can dispute what God has done for you. Financial miracle, changed medical diagnosis, loved one saved, babies when you were told you couldn’t conceive.. the list is endless. He alone can do it all, and that speaks to people.

Because of what your going through right now, people will come to know Jesus and trust Him. There is a purpose for your pain and struggle. Someday it will speak to someone, and draw them closer to God.

Jesus, I am thankful that You can use even the darkest of situations to bring light into someone’s life. Guide me to those today who need You and who are searching for truth.