expectation, heart, hope, peace

Wait on the Lord

Originally published 2008

 

Is. 40:31 “But those who HOPE in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.”

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In another translation, the word ‘hope’ is ‘wait.’ “But they that WAIT upon the Lord….” I have a plaque hanging in my office where I see this verse every time I sit down at my computer. It doesn’t help to slow me down.

Why are we always in such a hurry to move on to the next best thing? Why am I always in such a hurry? I want to hurry up and get done with this despicable chore so that I can move on to something more fun. (fill in the blank with words/situations that apply to you.)

We want to get through one situation, be it good, bad or indifferent, so that we can move forward, especially if we find ourselves in difficult circumstances. But what if God wants to use the situation of which you are now in the middle to help you grow? To feed you spiritually? He may not have brought those circumstances to you, but He can certainly use them to cause you to grow in Him, if you will let Him.

My priest preached an excellent message this past Sunday from Ezekiel 2:8 and 3:1-2.
“But you, son of man, listen to what I say to you. Do not rebel like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you.” Ez. 2:8

And he said to me, “Son of man, eat what is before you; eat this scroll; then go and speak to the house of Israel. So I opened my mouth, and he gave me the scroll to eat. Ez. 3:1-2

“Eat what I give you…” “eat what is before you…” In other words, whatever circumstances you find yourself in today, do not try to get that situation resolved unless God is telling you to do so.

I have been fussing and railing against a situation that I am in and have been in for quite some time. It hasn’t done any good. God still has me in that place because He has not finished with me there. To prove His point, God gave me a confirmation word several weeks ago and this message from Fr. David on Sunday. Stay in this particular situation- eat what has been set before me.

What do we do when we surrender and agree to “eat what is before us?” We wait. And …we wait. And…we wait some more. Read Is. 40:31 again. “But they that WAIT upon the Lord…” Waiting births patience. In this day and age of running from one thing to the next, without pausing to catch our breaths, much less spend quality time with God, we need all the patience we can get. Patience can birth perseverance and James says in Chapter 1, verse 4, “Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.” By eating what is set before us, waiting patiently, God has the opportunity to make us mature and complete, not lacking anything.

I don’t know about you, but I would much rather eat what is set before me and let God do His work in me during that time, than to miss out on what God has for me by helping myself to the next plate.

(c) 2009 Edwina E. Cowgill

Jesus, peace, trust

Day Four: The Gift of His Peace

The Gift of His Peace

John 14:27 NKJV: “Peace I leave with you. My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.”

The gift I unwrapped this morning is the gift of peace. What a wonderful gift! Who among us can’t use more peace in these days of uncertainty?

The type of peace Jesus is speaking of in John 14:27 is not a “surface” peace where everything looks great on the outside but on the inside we are a complete wreck. No, this peace takes root in our heart and flows to every aspect of our life—emotional, spiritual, mental and physical.  No matter what happens, God’s peace never leaves you.  It is a peace the natural mind cannot comprehend. “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and mind through Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 4:7 NKJV)

“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” (Isaiah 26:3 NKJV) How do we obtain His peace? We have to get to know Him, personally and intimately. Trust must be built and you can’t build trust if you don’t spend time with God. Then we can trust Him with all of our life, realizing He knows what is best for us. Let go of that situation(s) that worries you and trust God to deal with it. He knows far better than we do what is best for each individual situation. “Let go and let God” means give Him those situations and allow Him to deal with them. His peace will immediately flood your heart, mind and soul.

When we are walking in God’s peace, what do we display to those we meet? When our family, friends and even strangers see us, there is peace and contentment on our faces. More often than not, unless they already know Jesus, the people we see will notice something “different” about us. They may not know what it is, but they will see it and they will want it.

One of my favorite hymns is ‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus.” Read the words and meditate on how trusting Him give you perfect peace.

‘Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus 

 ’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His Word;
Just to rest upon His promise,
And to know, “Thus saith the Lord!”

Refrain:
Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him!
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er;
Jesus, Jesus, precious Jesus!
Oh, for grace to trust Him more!

Oh, how sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to trust His cleansing blood;
And in simple faith to plunge me
’Neath the healing, cleansing flood!

Refrain

Yes, ’tis sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just from sin and self to cease;
Just from Jesus simply taking
Life and rest, and joy and peace.

 Refrain

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end. *

Refrain

*Words: Louisa Stead, 1882
   Music: William Kirkpatrick, 1882

Abba Father, Help us to trust You with all of our life. We give you those situations that concern us this morning and we ask that You give us peace. Thank You that You stand ready to help when we ask and You are faithful to complete those things that concern us. We love you Father. Amen.