May 25, 2017

Answers Aren't Everything


You will keep him in perfect peace,
Whose mind is stayed on You,
Because he trusts in You.  ~ Isaiah 26:3

Too numerous to count are the times I have wanted to know precisely how God is working and when I will have answers.

Too numerous to count are the times those answers did not come on my timetable, but as I have walked longer with the Lord, I have learned more about the process of waiting. Learning about waiting is not a fun or pleasant experience. Instead, it tends to be agonizing and reveals the impatience in our hearts. Waiting is waiting, and waiting is hard.

Yet, it can be an invaluable teaching and testing tool—one God will use in our lives to grow us in our faith.

When I don’t know what God is doing, what am I doing? I am praying. I am seeking wisdom and guidance through scripture and watching for direction and movement from God. I am learning to trust. I am practicing my faith and I am filled with hope.

What does God do for me while I am waiting? He gives me peace. Suddenly, the questions and the wait become endurable because He answers my faith and trust and hope with a full indwelling of peace in my heart.

This peace God promises us is a wonderful gift with amazing benefits.
    
This peace strengthens our resolve for the wait.

This peace strengthens us as we continue to seek Him for wisdom, answers and direction.

Because of this, I am blessed to have a new understanding that answers aren’t everything, but peace is.

May 22, 2017

The Heart That Draws Near


Psalm 46:10
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!

Worship. God makes it easy. Sometimes, we make it hard. Sometimes, we make it too complicated. But it doesn't have to be. I have not yet heard a definition that I think is fully correct or fully adequate. Some things can't be described. I think worship of our Lord is one of those. Prayer would be another one that is hard to explain and define. Both are so personal. Both are essential to our walk with the Lord. Both are a privilege we should never take for granted.

Sometimes worship is made hard by distractions. God makes it easy with a simple invitation to be still and know Him, to seek Him with all our heart. Busyness gets in the way and too much activity in our lives can pull us away.

He still beckons us to be still and know Him. Out of His love for us He pursues us to draw near, and He will always be there waiting. There will always be the distractions, the busyness, the countless activities, the continual pulling us away from what our heart most needs.  The heart that draws near...will worship.

I want the quiet stillness that draws me near to You,
I want the calm serenity that lets me enter in.
With a heart of worship I come to You,
I accept Your invitation to be still and know You.

Jeremiah 29:13
And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart.