Wednesday, February 1, 2017
It’s Hard to Wait
Psa. 37:7 Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices.
God’s timetable is not always the same as ours. The Psalmist encourages us to learn to be still and wait for God. Not only are we to wait, but we are to do so patiently. The temptation during that time of waiting is to fret and look at what is happening in the lives of others. It’s hard to wait when you look over at someone else’s life and it looks as if everything is going smoothly. But that is not to disturb us. We are to keep our eyes on Jesus and wait.
It is in the stillness of waiting that we are able to get to know the heart of God. In that quiet space, when the distractions of this world are suddenly silent, we are able to hear and understand much more fully the gentle musings and longings of the heart of God. Only when we learn to hear and to experience those nudgings from the Lord, can we truly follow Christ out into our broken world.
Unfortunately we are not very adept at waiting or being patient. We like to have our answers rather instantaneously. But, if we had immediate answers, we would never learn to hear and know God.
Slow down, be still, and learn to recognize the heartbeat of God.
Lord, even when things don’t see to make sense to me, please help me to be patient and listen for your heartbeat. Amen.