Waiting… I don’t even like the sound of the word. It conjures images of Doctor’s offices & DMV lines. This whole notion of stillness & patience seems outdated.
Doesn’t God know we live in an instantly connected, drive thru world? Heck even Starbucks is selling instant single packet coffee these days. (it’s notably worse than their normal brew & that isn’t a high benchmark to begin with)
Yet twice today I encounter these verses,
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;” Psalm 37:7
“Make me to know your ways, O Lord; teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long.” Psalm 25:4-5
God’s divine sense of irony is in full swing because my focus this week has been on “being” not doing.
I easily get caught up in the activity of being a good church person without fully taking time to “BE” a believer. Being a Believer is a state of being. It is a progressive identity not a todo list. It requires that I know who I am and in whom I place my faith.
To know myself means I must continually examine scripture to see who I am in Christ. Where am I disobedient? What is out of line of God’s plan in my life? Much of this can be simplified by asking, Have I died to Christ today? Gladly surrendering my attitude and desires at the foot of the Cross.
Part 2 is tougher for I must know Him (Christ). As a believer we should be continually having our understanding of who Christ is broadened.
Both Knowing myself & Knowing Him require a serious & daily injection of God’s Word into my life. Coupled with prayer & meditation to allow God to speak & apply them to my life.
The only problem is God isn’t selling instant coffee. He’s interested in real relationships and those take time.
Back to Psalm 25:4-5 Lord I want:
1) to know your ways
2) to learn your paths.
3) to be led in your truth
I can almost hear the answer from God.
Keith, That’s exactly what I want for you as well but they take time & a lot of listening on your part. Are you willing to wait on Me? Am I worth your time. -God
Yes Lord, you are. -Me
Good, now prove that by giving me first place in your ToDo List & block out plenty of time. Trust me this is going to be amazing. I’ll teach you to “be” -God
God are you sure there isn’t some Knowing God in 15 min a day program? -Me
Father, help make me willing to wait.
This is my prayer. If I truly desire to know God then time is part of the prereq.
Make me willing to wait… Because an instant coffee Christianity isn’t going to being peace or fruit.
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