Sunday, June 13, 2010

Be still, patiently.

“The hurrier I go, the behinder I get.” Two of those aren’t even real words, but they do convey the lack of time we seem to have and the great amount of stress we’re working through. Besides everything we have to do each day, we must give our all to God.

There’s not enough time. Look at the daily schedule, where do things fit in? Getting up takes time. Hair, teeth, clothes – all take time. Breakfast, even a cup of coffee or cereal called a meal, takes time. And that’s just getting started. Every hour in the day makes calls upon our time.

God knows that. All of those things we’ve given to Him when we gave Him ourselves. So, completing our daily schedules is all done for God when we turn it over to Him. Schedules, work play, all of it. Including the time we must sit aside to be still.

The psalmist tells us to be still.

But know that the LORD hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the LORD will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. [Psalms 4:3-4 KJV]

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. [Psalms 46:10 KJV]

He also tells us to wait.

Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD. [Psalms 27:14 KJV]

Wait on the LORD, and keep his way, and he shall exalt thee to inherit the land: when the wicked are cut off, thou shalt see it. [Psalms 37:34 KJV]

Solomon also asks us to wait.

Say not thou, I will recompense evil; but wait on the LORD, and he shall save thee. [Proverbs 20:22 KJV]

Jesus tells us what our patience accomplishes.

In your patience possess ye your souls. [Luke 21:19 KJV]

Paul tells us how patience is gained.

And not only so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation worketh patience; [Romans 5:3 KJV]

And what does that bring?

And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. [Romans 5:4-5 KJV]

Then Paul brings us back to waiting.

But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it. [Romans 8:25 KJV]

Am I suggesting you need to be still, waiting patiently for the Lord? No. I need to.

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