Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10. ESV.)
God has me waiting. He’s had me waiting for quite a long time…many years in fact. Each day I wake with the hope, “Today is the day!” But God is still seemingly silent. I do see Him at work, tweaking something here, dishing out a spanking there, etc. But continually I am left standing motionless, abiding in Him. I cannot help but wonder, “For how long, Lord? My entire lifetime?”
Some days are painful…either to my heart, soul, or from being in one position for so long. Others are sweetly blessed, even in the face of adversity. And a few are frustrating as though I am walking against a nearly overpowering wind and not making much progress. When will the harsh breeze stop blowing so I can start sprinting?
When I think of faithful men and women of God who had a heart for Him and were pleasing in His sight yet were put on hold for a season, the following spring to mind:
- 1. Joseph (who was sold into slavery and served time in prison for a crime he did not commit.)
- 2. Hosea (whose wife that God ordained for him was a prostitute.)
- 3. Sarah (wife of Abraham who was unable to have children until blessed with Isaac.)
- 4. God’s people in the hands of Pharaoh (were slaves, oppressed, and killed until God released them and Moses led them to the Promised Land.)
- 5. Jonah (who disobeyed God and was swallowed by a big fish.)
- 6. Noah (who was told to build an ark and sit on it for over a month until the rain ended and flood waters receded.)
- 7. David (whose life was threatened by King Saul, had to flee, and hang out until it was safe and Saul was no longer out to kill him.)
- 8. Daniel (who was thrown into a lion’s den and had to survive until morning.)
- 9. Abigail (who was married to a “harsh and foolish” man.)
In each of the above cases there was a time (by God’s design) for everything.
1For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:
2a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; 3a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 4a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; 5a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 6a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; 7a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 8a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
9What gain has the worker from his toil? 10I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man’s heart, yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. 12I perceived that there is nothing better for them than to be joyful and to do good as long as they live; 13also that everyone should eat and drink and take pleasure in all his toil—this is God’s gift to man.
14I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. God has done it, so that people fear before him. 15That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15. ESV.)
Please God, make me steadfast. Keep our eyes fixed on you and deliver us from evil. Amen.