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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.

“My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him. He only is my rock and my salvation: he is my defense; I shall not be moved. In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in
 God. Trust in him at all times; ye people, pour out your heart before him: God is a refuge for us. Selah.” 
Psalm 62:5-8,

Think of a butterfly.

If you try to rush the process of a butterfly emerging from its cocoon, you risk killing it. In the middle stages of metamorphosis, the caterpillar has turned into goop (weird), and if you tore open the chrysalis, it would ooze out (gross).

From the outside looking in, it may seem like nothing is happening, but there is a transformational process taking place, and that caterpillar will never be the same. But first, it enters a waiting room, in the form of a cocoon.

The Darkness of A Cocoon

Have you ever been in your own version of a cocoon? It is as though darkness encompasses you as you grow weary while waiting on an answer from God? Or, are you tired of an ongoing struggle?

When you are in this place, remind yourself that God is your defense, your salvation, your strength, and your refuge. He will be with you in the darkness of your situation and He will transform you.

When the butterfly has completely developed, it will begin to break from its exterior shell. You have to let the butterfly break free and emerge on its own because with every push, little or big; it becomes stronger. The more resistanceit feels, the more blood begins to flow to its wings, giving the butterfly the power to eradicate the enclosure of its chrysalis, liberating itself to fly.

Without realizing it right now, you are in a stage of metamorphosis: growing, changing, and preparing for the next level. You will never be the same. Sometimes God will put resistance in your path on purpose. Trust the process of growth and wait on the Lord.

Prayer: Lord, I pray that you will make me into Your image. Change me from the inside out. Help me grow. I desire to go to the next level, so, help me trust the process of the season I am in and help me wait on You.

 

 

 

 

“I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.” Psalm 40:1.

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is
always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison

The Psalmist David learned that the secret of getting an answer from the Lord was to wait patiently for Him and not to quit crying out to Him. The NLT version expresses David’s trust in God.

• Verse 2 – “He set my feet on solid ground and steadied me as I walked along.”
• Verse 3 – “He has given me a new song to sing. a hymn of praise to our God.”
• Verse 4 – “Oh, the joys of those who trust the Lord.”
• Verse 5 – “You have no equal.”
• Verse 6 – “Now that you have made me listen, I finally understand”
• Verse 8 – “I take joy in doing your will.”

He finished off the Psalm with these words, “As for me since I am poor and needy, let the Lord keep me in his thoughts. You are my helper and my saviour, O my God, do not delay.” Verse 17 NLT

How many times do we go to the Lord in prayer for a situation or a need, and expect an answer immediately? We must learn just as David did, that God hears our prayer the first time, but He knows what is best for us and so we must patiently wait for the answer to come. Sometimes we give up just before things are about to happen. We just need to keep trusting, waiting on the Lord, singing songs of praise to Him, knowing that He will be right on time with the answer we need.

Prayer: Lord Jesus you know that waiting is hard for us, we want answers right away. Help us to remember that you have heard our cry and that in your good time, the answer will come.

Devotion by Anne Johnston