This morning my heart returned to some journaling I did a few months back about “waiting on God”. If you recall, I began the blog with the reminder that it is He Who is waiting upon us as spoken of in Isaiah 30. For years I have seen the vision of Jesus waiting at the well for each of us individually. Often, I begin my time with God by simply walking up to Him waiting at the Well for me.
All around us today there are voices attempting to tell us in whom we may find our salvation. These are, indeed, troubled times in which we live. A quick perusal of history would reveal that it has been so many times in the past. But we live in today and each of us is wondering in whom we can trust. Who will be our deliverer?
|El Shaddai our Father|
Even on a spiritual plane, there are voices crying out for us to listen to some man who has written many books about the way things need to be if one is to hope to be super spiritual. In my forty years of being a Christian I have followed many of these voices with eagerness, hoping to learn some secret to victorious living. Alas, eventually, it is revealed that they are just flesh and blood like my own self.
Don’t get me wrong! I do not regret reading the writings of other seekers. It has been and still is helpful many times. But many of these once treasured books are gathering dust in my library while some, like Andrew Murray, and my Bible, of course, are read over and over again. Why, you may ask?
It is because of Murray's simple message of the importance of “waiting on God.” In his book “Waiting on God” (p.95), he talks about the effect of such faithful waiting. He uses the example of a simple blade of grass basking in the sun. Suddenly, I was able to relate to that blade of grass.
2 Corinthians 4:6 tells us that it is “the same God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” The context of this chapter is how to “not lose heart” in times of great distress. So we see Paul writing in his day which was a time of trouble for early Christians who found themselves in great danger.
Think with me for a moment of the blade of grass. Small and insignificant, it turns its face upward to the sun. Murray says “just as the sunshine enters with its light and warmth, with its beauty and its blessing, into every little blade of grass that rises upward out of the cold earth, so will God meet with us.” Can you imagine it? Well, just try!
The Sonshine of God, Jesus Christ, is waiting for us to quiet ourselves before Him. I can hear the stillness of the moment as He watches to see if we will turn our faces upward toward Him and receive in the same way a blade of grace receives the sun into the core of its very being and gathers life from it. Consider the comparison of a blade of grass to the magnificent sun! Incomparable, as we are to Him!But even as the blade just yields itself to that mighty sun to receive all it needs for that day, even so we can yield ourselves to the awesome Son of God!
Some of you may be saying, but what about the reality of our situations? Aren’t you encouraging us to bury our heads in the sand and not face the troubles of our times? No, I am simply saying that I find my answers in Him and from Him! When others are scurrying about shouting that the sky is falling, I hear Him assuring me to be still and trust in Him.
It is with such assurance that I can turn my attention back to the important things of my life and “not lose heart.” In the last verses of 2 Corinthians, Paul says that the things which we can see are only temporary, while the things which we cannot see are eternal.” Now that's a different perspective, isn't it?
Yes, I will still do my part to see that we are under the proper authorities. But it will be from an entirely different perspective if I have been with the Lord. It will be from a position of seeing things as God sees them and not as we have a tendency to see them through our natural eyes. Changes everything for me! How about you?
May I encourage you to read all of 2nd Corinthians with an eye to how it applies to your life personally today? It may be a personal situation or the political scene of today, but whatever it is, God alone has the answer! We can only get in on that answer as we choose to view our lives through our spiritual eyes and not our natural eyes!