Those who wait on the Lord
But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint. 1 Cor. 2:4-5
Turning our affection
Our lives in a city are often filled with noise and so much busyness. There is so much to distract us from nurturing our spiritual life. When our outer lives get busy there is an even greater need to tend to our inner life. It’s so restful to simply turn your affection towards Jesus just before going to sleep. It is comforting, calming and spiritually refreshing. Everyone has different time pressures and potential distractions however it is possible and so vital to take time simply just to be with the Lord. Prayer is not simply about asking for things. Contemplative prayer, soaking and waiting on the Lord is vital for our wellbeing. It’s not so much about doing but about simply being with Him even if its just for a short while throughout the day. It’s about being in God’s presence and allowing Him to do whatever He needs to do. It’s about refocusing and refreshing. Giving God time to speak and minister to you in a significant and personal way.
Self-sufficiency is a snub
Self-sufficiency is the greatest sin really. It’s saying you don’t need God. Any loving parent talks to their children, speaks words of wisdom, guidance, comfort, and love to them regularly. How much more would our Heavenly Father. Some of the most strengthening and peaceful times in our lives are when we sit with or cuddle up to a parent. How much more wonderful it is to be with our Perfect Heavenly Father. Not allowing our Father to just be with us is like saying I only want you for what you can give me. There is so much more of the Father to be discovered by simply focusing our attention on Him in stillness and quietness. Our tendency to self-sufficiency seems futile in the presence of the all sufficient One.
With our love and prayers
Our lives in God's hands
"Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell Me, if you have understanding.” Job 38:4 Job wanted instant answers to why he was suffering such excruciating pain and loss. His friends tried to offer their opinions with slick predictable answers. In the process of waiting for God to speak Job discovered he wanted God’s presence even more than he wanted answers. Giving all our stress, fears and worries to the creator of the ends of the earth is the path to wellbeing and serenity so that we are not constantly swayed by every circumstance. Resting in the presence of our God who is not only omniscient but a loving Father far superior to any relief this world and any amount of money can buy. The creator of over 100,000 million galaxies has a perspective that is clear and pure.
God too great to fail
A correct consideration of the greatness of God won’t lead us to the conclusion that God is too great to care but that God is too great to fail. Amy Carmichael took up a call to singleness and to living in intense hardship in India. She rescued children from prostitution and ritual sacrifice faced against seemingly unbeatable odds and threats. She spoke out experience as she said, “It is great to be faced with the impossible, for nothing is impossible if one is meant to do it. Wisdom and strength will be given.”
May we all take time to wait on the Lord with great assurance that wisdom and strength and so much more will be given.
Pastors Phil and Caroline.