Standing ‘still’ before the Lord is faith in action.
“But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change and renew their strength and power; they shall lift their wings and mount up [close to God] as eagles [mount up to the sun]; they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint or become tired.” Isaiah 40:31 AMP
Standing still before the Lord is faith in action. When I was a child my natural father would often make promises but rarely kept them. As I grew I tuned him out, neither expecting nor hoping for him to fulfill his word.
God is not a man. He does not make promises rashly, half-heartedly or with no power to make them come to pass. The power and integrity of God insures us that He will come through. Why is this important? Because there will be times when we will have to wait on the Lord.
“And though the vision may tarry – wait!” Habakkuk 2:3 There is power in waiting; a change takes place in us as we wait. Our endurance is stretched, our strength is increased and our relationship with God is deepened.
Our ability to wait with patience and expectation indicates the level of our spiritual maturity or lack thereof. Waiting proves us. It reveals us to ourselves, not for condemnation but for examination and correction.
God wants us to grow. And one of the methods He uses to grow us is waiting for Him to act when we desperately want change.
I was in a situation for a long time that had quite frankly seemed to have defeated me. Or rather I was defeating myself because of my unwillingness to wait on God. Years passed the situation stayed the same and I grew bitter – it was my father’s oath-breaking all over again, or so I thought.
God began to do a work in me. He started at the root of my impatience and, little by little, began to prune off the dead pieces of my heart.
“I will not drive them out before you in a single year, that the land may not become desolate and the beasts of the field become too numerous for you.” I will drive them out before you little by little, until you become fruitful and take possession of the land.” Exodus 30:29-30 NIV
I began to study His word, to fast and pray for change in me rather than my circumstance and you know what? I began to change! Isn’t that what the scripture says? “But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] shall change…” Isaiah 40:31 AMP
I drew close to God and He drew close to me. The situation did not change or resolve but I did. Glory to God! My old weather-beaten feathers, damaged by complaining and doubt, shed off and as I persisted in prayer and persisted in thanksgiving I grew new wings, strong wings, and soon I stretched them wide in preparation for flight.
God was changing me so completely that I was no longer consumed by the situation but I was enthralled with God. Oh how beautiful is the grace of Our Lord. I am closer to God now than I have ever been and He is calling me to come higher still. I believe that call is true for us all. “Come higher. Draw nearer and I will give you rest.”
Beloved there is power to be found in waiting, power and peace. Don’t let your condition or situation separate you from God, rather let it be the propelling force that causes you to draw closer to Him. Our Heavenly Father loves us. He longs to give good things to us (I am speaking of spiritual, not material blessings.) but we must position ourselves to receive those blessings.
I encourage you today to position yourself in prayer. Look for God in His word. Expect Him to fulfill His promise and set yourself to take off running. Wait on the Lord and you will finish the race.
Wait on the Lord!