Watching and Waiting

“But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord, I wait for God my Savior; my God will hear me.” -Micah 7:7 (NIV)

Waiting is hard. How easily do we give ourselves to worry whenever we are placed in a situation where we are unexpectedly obligated to wait? ItGoogle+Photo is at these times that we constantly bombard ourselves with questions. What is going on? Is everything okay? Can we still hope in the possibility that everything will work out according to plan? Perhaps what frustrates us most is that this period of waiting has placed us in a seeming state of helplessness. When it appears that we must resign ourselves to the practice of patience, it makes us feel that we have no control whatsoever over those areas of our lives that we wish to have under our control; thus resulting in much anxiety and stress.

The truth is that in our own human capabilities we cannot control the world around us. As much as we would like to, we must accept the fact that we cannot control our own destiny, and if we could, we would most likely bring ourselves to the doorstep of destruction. But thankfully we have someone who is greater than our limitations and who wants to serve as our guide. When we personally accept the redemptive sacrifice of Christ and allow him to dwell within our hearts, we enter into a restored relationship with Him. This is characterized by a dependence on His perfect will and loving providence. Why then do we worry when we have someone who promises to take care of our very need? Is it because we refuse to give up control over our lives and stubbornly trust in our fallible wisdom? If we try to impatiently and impulsively master our circumstances, our efforts will be rendered futile. But it is only in waiting upon the Lord that we are filled with his peace and joy knowing that it is He who commands our destiny according to His good and perfect desires for our lives.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.

Don’t Be Hasty

“Careful planning puts you ahead in the long run; hurry and scurry puts you further behind.” -Proverbs 21:5 (The Message)

We are such a hurried race. In this fast-paced world of ours, we have been trained to believe that we need to be able to make snap decisions. Motivated by this culture’s emphasis on values such as instant gratification, we often make choices based on the immediate benefits that we would gain. In addition, we want to make these decisions as quickly as possible before someone else seizes the opportunity. Certain actions need and often should be taken immediately; actions such as notifying the proper authorities in the event of an emergency. But then it seems that even for those decisive choices which could shape our futures, we haste; not spending enough time to really think about what we are getting ourselves into.

We need to be patient in our thought processes and allow God to show us where He is leading us to go. God wants to help us choose the right path, and He wants us to consult with Him through prayer and reading His Word. We know that we can rely on His counsel because He sees the bigger picture of our lives and He knows us better than we know ourselves. But if we simply pray to God for direction and soon after come to a resolution based on our own limited wisdom, then we really haven’t been still and allowed Him to speak. When we make rash choices, we set ourselves up for misery and failure. Thus, we cannot turn around and blame God for leading us into sorrow. In reality, the blame should be on us for being impatient and not spending enough time counting the cost with God as our guide. When we take the time to think through important decisions and ask God for guidance and clarification, we will find that the choice we have made according to His faultless wisdom was far better than what we initially thought of doing. As we wait upon God and allow Him to build up patience and wisdom in our lives, we will be able to rest in the arms of Christ knowing that He will help us make choices that will be in accordance with His pleasing, perfect will, and free of regret.

“Scripture taken from The Message. Copyright © 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 2000, 2001, 2002. Used by permission of NavPress Publishing Group.”

Keeping Moths Away

“Jonathan became one in spirit with David, and he loved him as himself.” -1 Samuel 18:1 (NIV)

Moths are notorious for devouring clothing. Certain species of them are known to eat anything made out of materials such as wool or silk. Should an entire swarm of moths enter a closet stacked with clothes or a room full of textiles, they will feast with devastating results. Beautiful silk garments and intricately woven clothes of wool will become riddled with holes, if not completely eaten. Carpets and rugs of flawless design can become unravelled within minutes under the swarm’s voracious appetite. That is why we place mothballs in our clothes to prevent them from causing destruction as a result of their hunger. Producing a vapour that is lethal to moths, these mothballs do not allow any opportunity for a hungry moth to feast; thereby safeguarding the clothes and keeping them intact.

The King James Version beautifully renders 1 Samuel 18:1. Describing the friendship between Jonathan and David it states that “…the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul.” When we form friendships, we have not only allowed our lives to intersect with each other, but our very souls have become tied together like how threads are woven together in a garment. That is why it is so tragic when relationships fall apart because those threads of closeness once shared between friends have been abruptly severed. Like moths, sin will destroy the very fabric of our relationships if we have allowed it to wreak havoc in our lives. The only way we can prevent sin from causing our relationships to crumble is when we have allowed the love of Christ to transform our hearts. When His Spirit comes to dwell within us and we submit ourselves to Him, He will work out His love and righteousness within us. His presence will act like mothballs for when we choose to remain in Him there can be no room for sin to rear its head; protecting our relationships from destruction so that He may use us to pour life into the people we come in contact with.

Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.