A Church with a Heart for our Community

August 26th Wednesday

Greetings! I trust that all is well in your world and your enjoying God’s blessings as they come your way. I will be praying for you today, asking Father to establish a ‘hedge of protection’ around you and your family…and that He might allow you to experience the width-height-depth of his love for you.

I like receiving insights to God’s word. Many times I have quoted a verse to people: Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10 NIV. My intent was to give encouragement and a bit of a reminder. Recently, in a devotional, I was directed to another “Be still” verse:  Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him…Psalm 37:7  NIV. It would seem the command to “be still” ties them together and the context is focused on living in an unjust, unfair world where it seems that all of our values have been twisted and distorted. Together these verses release a new perspective. Yes – “be still” and “trust – know that he is God” and “wait patiently for him.”

Perhaps you are familiar with the hymn by John Samis – “Trust and Obey.” I think some of you are hearing the melody right now. I am wondering if we shouldn’t have a revised version that says – “Trust and wait patiently.” In fact, from more than one commentary, the theme of Psalm 37 is – “trust and wait.” Very simply, “trusting” is to lean on-rely on God and “waiting” is accepting God’s timing. I know that you know that in our world of 2015 we have been conditioned not to trust anyone but depend on ourselves and there seems to be a lack of understanding about “waiting.” I mean that is what drive-throughs, instant-on, microwaves, and the like are supposed to help eliminate. I believe that the lack of “trusting and waiting” has contributed to much unrest in our lives.

I am coming to understand that the act of “trusting” and the discipline of “waiting are interdependent. I truly appreciate the comments in a devotional…”Sometimes we don’t experience rest in life because we’re trusting but not waiting, or waiting but not trusting. Trusting without waiting is striving…Waiting without trusting is worrying…Trusting and waiting have to go together…” James MacDonald. When these are at work in my life, I can have victory in the midst of my daily living until the outcome has been determined. (PS – I have read the last chapter of the book and everything turns out just fine)

Something to ponder…enjoy today’s blessings!