As followers of Jesus Christ, we are so privileged. We serve a living God that is available 24/7. He never shuts us out because He’s too busy, in fact, He longs for us to spend time with Him and rewards us when we do. But you, when you pray, go into your room, and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in the secret place; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly. (Matthew 6:6)
In the busyness of your day today, take time to do just that. Get alone with Him. Acknowledge who He is. Thank Him for all He has done and continues to do in your life and in the lives of others. Ask Him to give you direction for the day.
This is the one way we can ensure we haven’t wasted the day.
Come now, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, spend a year there, buy and sell, and make a profit”; whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow. For what is your life? It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away. (James 4:13,14)
Most people today live a very hurried and busy lifestyle. Many of us have full time jobs and multiple responsibilities outside our homes along with the many responsibilities of the home and family itself. Whether we are single, married, with or without children or grandparents wanting to be involved in the lives of our grandchildren we are busy people. On top of this some of us our involved in activities/committees etc. at our churches. Life is very very busy. When we need something we can go online, pick up a catalogue or drop into a store and purchase it. When we need information it can be found quite simply by typing in a request on our keyboards or dropping into a library.
We have become accustomed to living fast and receiving fast. When it comes to our relationship with God it is not always so. I am learning to hurry up and wait… There are times when I bring a need or a desire of my heart to the Lord and He answers it within a day or so. There are other times when He chooses not to. He is all knowing and all seeing. I am NOT. He always answers our prayers correctly. Sometimes the answer is quite simply NO, other times it may not come for days, weeks or even years. How we spend our time waiting on our answer is critical. I believe the Lord is pleased when we rest in knowing He has it all under control. Fretting and stressing while we wait does nothing to see our prayer answered any faster. Resting and trusting gives allowance for our faith to grow. Abiding in His word and His love while we wait allows us to grow even closer to the lover of our soul. It does NOT come natural for me to rest and trust but I am learning that it really is the only way to respond. Recently God has put people in my life to remind me of this very fact. Our vision is so limited and we cannot possibly know one iota of a fraction of a percentage of what God does and therefore are really in no position to try and force God’s hand.
He loves us. This is something we can bank on! He is faithful. Another absolute. Therefore when we find ourselves growing impatient and annoyed at not seeing our prayers or desires answered when WE WANT them answered it is time to trust, rest and abide in His word. He will never disappoint!
Isaiah 40:31 ESV “But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.”
Psalm 37:34 ESV “Wait for the Lord and keep his way, and he will exalt you to inherit the land; you will look on when the wicked are cut off.”
Psalm 62:5,6 Yes, my soul, find rest in God; my hope comes from Him.Truly He is my rock and my salvation; He is my fortress, I will not be shaken.