CHAPTER 8 - "BE STILL"
There will be many times in your walk with the Lord that you will ask Him for answers or guidance and all that you receive is “Be Still” or “Wait.”
I was in a waiting period for two years and as I asked the Lord for clarity on the next steps I constantly heard back, “Wait! It is not time yet.”
I am not good at waiting. I am a doer by nature. In the dictionary, my picture should be shown as an antonym for procrastination. I am always in a hurry to get stuff done and move on to the next thing. I just kept praying “God, whatever it is that you want me to do, just tell me and I will do it.” That was my constant prayer. I could feel His presence with me, but He was not ready for me to move. No matter how much I pled, He stayed firm. I had an intense desire to be part of the Lord’s work, but first He wanted to show me that it is not in my time but in His.
I went to the Word of God for comfort and refuge during that time. Here are just a few examples of when God required people to wait.
- Abraham waited 25 years after being promised a son. Genesis 12:4 and Genesis 21:1-3
- Joseph had to wait 14 years between the time of his first dream and the fulfillment of the plan. Genesis 17:2 and Genesis 41:46
- The Israelites had to roam in the wilderness for 40 years after being told of the Promised Land. Exodus 3:7 and the book of Joshua
In each of these examples, God used the “waiting period” as a time to grow spiritual maturity in His people. There is a truth that He wants to us to learn through this time. He is preparing us for what is ahead. He also is trying to show us our place. WE are not in charge. My place is to be obedient, His place is to show me the way. He wants us to trust, no matter the length of the wait, that He WILL bring His plan to fruition. And as in these examples, the result is a blessing beyond our wildest dreams.
We need to be careful that we don’t succumb to the temptation to go ahead of God and try to make things happen our own way. Let’s take the time that He is giving us to regroup and rest in His love and promises, knowing that when He is ready, He will let us know.
I was tempted and even came very close a few times to going against the plan just because I was tired of waiting. But every time that I would start going my own way, I felt Him reminding me that I was to follow His plan NOT that He was to follow mine.
Two years after my first request for direction, I received my answer. He was telling me the next step, and it was bigger than I had ever imagined. He’d made me wait because He wanted to grow our fellowship into something deeper and stronger than ever before. This is so that in the season of “doing,” I would have the desire and strength in Him to keep going even on the difficult days.
So, whether you are in a waiting period or the Lord has already started moving you, I pray that you will be faithful at every intersection or stop sign. And later when you look back in hindsight, you will see His footprints in your life and that He was leading you toward a specific future. You will see that He was faithful just as He promised that He would be.
“He has shown you, O mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly, and love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.” Micah 6:8 (NIV)
“You need to persevere so that when you have done the will of God, you will receive what He has promised.” Hebrews 10:36 (NIV)
"To us, waiting is wasting. To God, waiting is working." - Louie Giglio