Peace in the silence
January 6th, 2019
I think one of the biggest challenges that I face on an ongoing basis the battle with impatience, and the fear that wants to creep in when the answers are not clearly laying in front of me. And I don’t think I am alone in that, because I do a really good job of hiding that fact to my friends, family and the community around me. Perhaps you do as well.The problem with this obsession to project a continuous optimistic front is that the quiet remains and the concern continues, despite our outward appearance.
The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the person who seeks him. It is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:25-26 (CSB)
Why is it so difficult to be at peace in times of quiet? Why does it seem that every time we don’t hear what we think we should be hearing, we fall into fear and doubt?
On top of that, who am I to question what God has for me or find a lack my trust in him during those periods when I feel aimlessness.
because God’s foolishness is wiser than human wisdom, and God’s weakness is stronger than human strength.
Brothers and sisters, consider your calling: Not many were wise from a human perspective, not many powerful, not many of noble birth.
1 Corinthians 1:25-26 (CSB)
In our heads, we have the facts of God’s Word firmly ensconced, but as the expectations of our understanding expire, we begin to question why God is doing this, or not doing that.
God is faithful and his knowledge and understanding of our situation are in his control.
We know that all things work together for the good of those who love God, who are called according to his purpose.
Romans 8:28 (CSB)
If we know this in our head, it is a matter of getting that knowledge from our heads to our hearts so we truly trust God’s provision for us.
Jesus gave us what we need to fully embrace this.
If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good things to those who ask him. Therefore, whatever you want others to do for you, do also the same for them, for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Matthew 7:11-12 (CSB)
If we have accepted that gift of Christ to be redeemed by his grace and mercy, we have been adopted by spiritual rebirth into God’s family. And if we are the children of God by faith in the grace of his Son Jesus then we have the assurance that our Father is able, willing and actively at work to position us in the place we need to be in order to fulfill his plans of good for us.
No room for doubt, no room for fear as we surrender our expectations, to the realization that he is in control and is able to deliver on that which he has promised. If we surrender our expectations, then we sit quietly by and wait for his direction, as obedient trusting children of the King.
In His Grace,