“Be still and know that I am God.”
Waiting is not a word we like. Learn, seek, follow, serve, work-all of these come much easier to us and our hard-pushing, pull yourself up by your own bootstraps society we live in. Much deeper is the realization that, not only do we live in this culture that lives by these principles, but we are raised to believe them as our very fiber, morals and values. In some cases, we even believe them to be biblical truth. It feels more like “hurry up and wait.” Like we have some kind of agreement to believe in the Scripture, and wait on God, but more of a tendency to expect it to be a quick “hurry up” process. But is that trust?
If we are truly called to not just “wait on God,” but to “be still and know that He is God”, we can’t leave the “be still” process out of it. God’s timetable is definitely not the same as ours. We get frustrated or even mad if we have to wait two minutes in a fast food line. After all, it’s called “fast” food. If there is a line at our favorite department store, we huff and sigh and turn around and walk out, so we can turn around and return at a time when we don’t have to wait. Or if we go to the bank, and some person walks to the front teller, just as we are finishing our paperwork (like you’re supposed to do), and starts asking detailed questions about who knows what to the only teller who should be serving me by now, then my willing-to-wait- patiently-meter is recently expired! So we impatiently exit to the outside of the bank over to the ATM machine: automatic, quick, fast, immediate, no waiting necessary. And if the machine is out of service, or people are using it in front of us, then we throw our hands up and resort to our smart phones.
The worst of all, in my opinion, is the doctor’s office. I feel at times that I have to be armed with self-defense weapons, because perfectly nice calm people who are left waiting show sides of themselves that no one wants to see. I even secretly think that our society has rewritten the 10 Commandments to include an 11th: Thou shalt never be late. Heaven forbid we leave others “waiting!” In our self-absorbed, self-serving society, we have made waiting for anything or anyone a mortal sin.
But what does God say about waiting? Why does He, in some of our most difficult, stretching and trying times, call us to wait on Him?
“My ways are not your ways. My ways are higher than your ways.”
How do we know what He is accomplishing through the waiting? My sense of timing is “Right now! TODAY!” God’s sense of timing is “when it is right; when it will be the best for us, and for those around us”.
In our finite minds, we cannot see into the future, not even to the next day. We cannot see what God is going to take care of, arrange, or protect. He is working upstream, we trust in faith, for the good of us and those around us.
So what does He expect of us when He says, “Be still and know that I am God”?
He expects us to seek Him, in His Word and in prayer. He expects us to LISTEN to Him and not just talk to Him with our list of wants and desires. He is also asking us to follow Him, one step at a time, not knowing the outcome fully in advance.
Yes, “Be still and know that I am God.”
What seems confusing, unclear and unsettled now, may make perfect sense a month, or a year from now. God knows all of those developments way ahead of us. He just asks us to trust Him, and to “cease striving”, as one translation puts it.
So what is it going to be for you? Continue to fret, worry and demand an answer from God now? Or, will you “be still” and trust in His divine plans? Trust that He is mindful of the big picture, even though right now His timing might not sync with your own.
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