Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
This verse has rang true in my heart this morning. How many of us desire to be used by the Lord, to grow in our faith, to know that God is using us mightily? For those of us who follow Christ with our lives, so many days are days not of encouragement, but of discouragement. We allow our minds to compare ourselves to others. We think, "If only I were in this situation, things would be great". Or, we think, "If only I had this, I could be able to be a Godly leader who has influence". As I sit and ponder, I think this relates a lot to my previous post on idols. This could be an idol in my life. Wow. There you go. I admitted it. Publicly. I have an idol, and it is to look at other "successful" people of the Lord and wish I was at their stature. Confession is indeed good for the soul. :)
How many of are still before the Lord? Meaning, how many of us truly come to the Lord, in the quiet, turn off our endless connected devices, and rest in Him? To how many of us is the presence of the Lord enough for us? How many of us wait, patiently, as he reveals himself to us in scripture? How many of our hearts relish in the Word of God, knowing that it is living and active?
My guess is far too many of us do not do anything of the sort as described above. When we become impatient about something or a situation, we stress out about it. I do. I will go down a path of worry that is senseless. I seem to think that by me worrying about something (that really doesn't need to be worried about), that I am justified in it, and in some sort of weird way, worry is a balm for my soul. However, one doesn't have spend too much time in worry to realize that it is not a balm. It is a disruptor. It takes us off focus of Jesus.
We all can worry through our entire life, if we want to. What i've learned though is that God is a lot bigger than me. God is a lot bigger than my little life. Instead of all of us running in circles, always trying to figure out how we can better ourselves, and comparing ourselves to others, I suggest a better alternative.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.
Walk your life in a way that you can be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.
As you do this, you will realize that the Lord is better than anything you could create or dream up for your life. You will realize the Christ is your prize....not things, not stature, not position, not a big house, not a degree, not recognition.
Christ, and Christ alone, is your prize. And when you are still before Him, and wait patiently for Him, your life will be completely transformed. You will fall in love with your Savior, and life will look completely different than before. You will walk with a confidence each day that no matter the circumstance, Christ wins. He is supreme.
For the Glory of God.
Matthew is 34 years old and currently lives in St Louis, Missouri with his wife Leslie. He serves as the Associate Pastor at The Groves Church, in Webster Groves, Missouri.