Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him; do not be agitated by one who prospers in his way, by the person who carries out evil plans. - Psalm 37:7
Being silent before the Lord is something that I definitely struggle with. I actually think that our society as a whole, at this point in time, has a hard time being silent and waiting for anything. But there are seasons in our life where God calls us to simply wait. These seasons are one of preparation. We are called to stop what we are doing, stop trying to pursue our own agendas, and to simply be still in the goodness and grace of God.
Psalm 37 also says in verses 5 and 6, “Commit your way to the Lord; trust in Him, and He will act, making your righteousness shine like the dawn, your justice like the noonday.” During these seasons of stillness and waiting, we also must trust that what God is preparing us for is worth the wait… and I promise you it will be.
I am currently entering a season of preparation in my own life. I have experienced a strong call from God to take my family in a direction that I never in my entire life would have chosen myself. But, even still, God is changing me and molding me daily into the person that He made me to be. Although I have experienced this call and know that this is the direction we will be moving, I have no idea how we will get there. So enters the season of preparation.
Now it is time to wait. Not only do I wait on direction from God, but I do it expectantly. I wait knowing that He will come through for me. I wait knowing that even though I feel discouraged for the moment, it won’t be like that forever. I wait knowing that, even though I can’t see God moving yet, He is working all things together for my good. I wait knowing that I serve a God who will not forget about me.
Times of preparation can be hard. Waiting can be hard. But God has a pretty good track record for faithfulness. These seasons can test your faith, but as long as you remember these simple yet profound truths about God, you will make it through with a deeper understanding of just why that season was necessary. In the meantime, take the time to reflect on the absolute goodness and unending mercy of the God that we serve. Enter your season of preparation with a grateful heart and you will not regret it.
1. Is there an area of your life where you are pushing your own agenda instead of waiting on the preparation/direction from God?
2. Where in your life can you be silent before the Lord?
God, help me to be faithful and trusting through this season of preparation in my life. Help me to identify areas where I need to be silent and wait for Your direction. Thank You for Your faithfulness and for always being attentive, even when I may not see You moving. Be with me and encourage me through this season. Amen.
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