Wait. Just wait. Be still and wait.
How hard it is to do that! How hard it is to be still in this day and age. How hard to wait when so much is readily available NOW!
"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him" Psalm 37:7
If you're like me it's hard to be still very often. It's also hard to still your mind...mine races constantly. I try to quiet it, and yet it just keeps filling up with stuff on and on and on....
And when I have questions for the Lord, I ask them constantly. I wonder if He gets tired of it like when my children were small and they would ask the same thing over and over. I would patiently answer until I just couldn't take it anymore and then sharply say, "Enough!" Oh, how I hope I never bring my Heavenly Father to that point! Fortunately for me, He has infinitely more patience.
Funny how things happen isn't? Just after I typed that above I looked up Psalm 46:10...."Be still and know that I am God." And as I read what the study notes say for that verse I find this: God's voice breaks through, as he addresses the nations. Be still. Here, the Hebrew for this phrase probably means "Enough!" Love it! Enough, He says, I AM God. Know that, know Me.
If we aren't still, if we don't wait for Him, how can He do anything in our lives? If we are constantly running ahead of Him, constantly worrying, constantly fidgeting and moving....how can we hear His voice? Or see His works? Or be grateful for all He has done?
In Exodus 14:14 we hear Moses speaking to the Israelites as they are being chased by Pharoah and the Egyptians. They are frightened, questioning why Moses led them out of slavery in the first place.
Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.
Really Moses? Battle is impending. Fear is escalating. Be still? Stand firm? Do not be afraid? And yet, how many times do we see these words in God's Word? He is always reminding us that in Him we need not fear. In Him we will find strength. He will act. He will take care of things. And maybe, just maybe, it's in the face of impending battle that we need to stop, hand it all over to Him, and wait....
Wait for the Lord and keep his way. He will exalt you to inherit the land Psalm 37:34
Just a final thought for today as I continue to learn how to wait on the Lord....
Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
If we trust, if we wait, if we are still before God...He promises much. So today, I'm going to try to be still, to listen, to watch, to wait....