August 27, 2019
Today’s blog is running a little late so I will get right to it. I hope your Monday has started off being fully immersed in what God is calling you to do today!!
I find myself here today with my mind swirling with activity. Maybe you are in a similar mindset as me today. You find yourself troubled about something or you realize you are feeling great stress about something else or life just seems so busy that you can’t even catch your breath. I was out this morning on a stressful endeavor involving our church. I can’t go into it but trust me when I say it wasn’t much fun and was exhausting. I am also working on the next sermon series coming in September which I am calling “Trust & Obey.” I am also in prayer today for many of you. Then add in my personal situation of preparing for our move to Jamaica, selling our home, raising support, planning speaking engagements, working on fundraisers, and then just last night it was like it was too much. After an amazing Night of Worship we came home and went upstairs to begin trying to sort and pack up some things. This night it was TV stands and internet cables and HDMI cables and on and on that had been strung across our superloft. And at some point it all just became too much, too many memories, too much stress and I sort of shut down. Do you ever have days like that? I don’t know what you might be going through today but God has given you His Sustaining Grace that we talked about yesterday. I defined it as “the power and strength to persevere and overcome trials and difficulties.” That is what God promises us. In the midst of trials and stress and tough times He promises that His Grace is Sufficient.
I was also reminded today that God calls us to “Wait on the Lord.” When I get in tough times I often want to try to solve the issue myself and move on. Sometimes God tells me to just wait. Now don’t misunderstand the concept of “waiting” and confuse it with “doing nothing.” I think waiting can and should be a very active process. I want to give you a few articles to help if you need more reading today or if you are struggling. But first let me give you some scripture. Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait patiently for the LORD. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the LORD.”
To wait on the Lord certainly involves patience; that is, enduring until God chooses to act on our behalf, according to His perfect timing. But it also includes expectation: fully anticipating God to do everything that He has promised. This is also what the word hope usually means in the Bible. The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament describes it beautifully and clearly:
Waiting with steadfast endurance is a great expression of faith. It means enduring patiently in confident hope that God will decisively act for the salvation of his people (Genesis 49:18). Waiting involves the very essence of a person's being, his soul (Psalm 130:5). Those who wait in true faith are renewed in strength so that they can continue to serve the Lord while looking for his saving work (Isaiah 40:31). There will come a time when all that God has promised will be realized and fulfilled (Isaiah 49:23; Psalm 37:9). In the meantime the believer survives by means of his integrity and uprightness as he trusts in God's grace and power (Psalm 25:21). His faith is strengthened through his testings, and his character is further developed (Psalm 27:14).
If you’re tempted to think that busyness will solve your problems: beware! We have to learn to wait on the Lord. To actively seek Him out and recognize it is He that has the answers and it is He that has allowed us in this situation to grow us more into His likeness. “Waiting on the Lord necessitates two key elements: a complete dependence on God and a willingness to allow Him to decide the terms, including the timing of His plan. Trusting God with the timing of events is one of the hardest things to do.” Waiting can often be more difficult than trying to figure it out on our own. “Being still means we have ceased from following our own agenda or ingenuity; we have stopped trusting in our own strength and will power. We are waiting upon the Lord to exchange our weakness for His strength (see 2 Corinthians 12:9).” Those last quotes come from an article called “What does it mean to wait on the Lord?” Another good article has the exact same name and it is from Christianity.com and in that article the author says, “The God who calls the stars by name is not surprised by the circumstances of our lives. He knows. He has always known, and waiting is a part of His plan for us.” What a great reminder that nothing in our lives catches God by surprise. The last article I will link here is called “Wait Upon the Lord - What it Really Means & How to Do It.” In that article the author reminds us “As you are waiting on God, let the unseen pressures lift you up to set your mind on things above. When you are powerless, turn to the Almighty One. And remember Paul’s words in Romans 8: “Our present sufferings are not worth comparing to the glory that will be revealed in us.”
Turn to God in the midst of trials and trouble. Even as I think about my own life and all the uncertainties that lie ahead I have to be reminded each day that God is in control and “he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”
I hope you are checking us out on Facebook each day for updates about Jamaica. I hope you are praying that God will continue to work and provide exactly what we need. We do have a delicious fundraiser coming so check back next week for more info on that!
Last Word: I hope you wished our Worship Pastor, Andy Hutchison, a very Happy Birthday!! It’s not too late!!
I am ON MISSION Today! Are You?