Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him… Psalm 37:7
I hate waiting. I hate waiting in traffic; I hate waiting for my computer to warm up; and I hate waiting in line behind someone who is checking out with one item and takes 15 minutes because they’re having a conversation with the cashier about yesterday’s weather. I know we all teach our kids that we should never “hate” anything but as I confess my sins daily, I am not “fond” of waiting.
When you look at today’s society, everything moves at warp speed, and I “hate” (there’s that word again) to admit it but it appears that society is only ramping up to move faster. So why, with all of the fast paced computers that can answer our questions as soon as we hit search, does God still require us to wait on His answer? The answer lies in His word…All throughout the Bible we see individuals having to wait on God for an answer. Psalm 37:7 says, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently.” God is asking us to step away from our computers, put down our cell phones, turn off the TV, find something to occupy our children for a short period of time, and to set everything aside to stop and listen. When we are finally able to find that time of peace and quiet, we can begin to realize all that God has to say to us. Life gets busy and noisy, distractions are everywhere, but we have to turn our attention away from the world and turn our eyes and ears to heaven to seek God’s guidance and direction for our lives.
The next part of the verse says, “...wait patiently.” (as if cutting out all distractions was easy) now,He wants us to wait? Really? If we are truly seeking what God wants to say to us, then we have to be willing to wait for His answer. The act of waiting on someone is a humbling experience. If you’ve ever waited on someone, then you are bending to their will and timing. My husband is humbled anytime we have to leave the house because he is always waiting on me to be ready to go.
When we humble ourselves and patiently bend to God’s timing, it is in these quiet moments that God can speak to us. He may require days, weeks, months, and even years, of us coming to Him in the still and quiet waiting patiently...but He will answer. This process of being still and patiently waiting is not easy, but over time if we consistently allow ourselves to be surrounded in His presence, we will be rewarded with His blessing and will receive His answer and guidance. I love the Stephen Curtis Chapman song, “Be Still and Know that I am God.” In the song he sings the lyrics, Bow before the Prince of Peace, let the noise and clamor cease, be still and know that He is God. If you are struggling to try and discern God’s voice from what the world may be telling you, “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently on Him,” He will listen and He will answer.
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Are you struggling for answers? Take time out of your busy schedule this week to spend time daily quietly waiting on God.
Dear Heavenly Father, allow me to be still and know that You are God. Let me cast out all of my anxieties and cares of the world and listen for Your calling. Allow me to experience the feeling of being in your presence by humbling me before You, Father. Thank You for loving me. Amen.
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