Relational Spirituality

 

SylviaLet's face it. Waiting is hard.

The good news is it is not up to us.  The Holy Spirit enables us to wait. Gal 5:5 "Through the Spirit we eagerly await by faith the righteousness for which we hope." Through the Spirit by faith... that means we get the opportunity to draw nearer the Holy Spirit while we wait for God to work our miracle(s) of righteousness. That puts my focus where it should be... on Him, not myself or others. It is usually stubborn family situations that get to me, of course, for they have been going on the longest and require the most patient endurance in the midst of waiting.  Waiting is an invitation to stillness. 

A faithful brother added this insight to the subject of waiting on God: "The Hebrew word 'qavah,' which is translated 'wait' in Isaiah 40:31, means 'to bind together like a cord.' As we wait on the Lord in stillness before Him with our hearts in a quiet state, it is like adding strands to a rope to strengthen it. Picture the process of making a rope by twisting or weaving (binding) thin cords together to form the rope. The more strands that are twisted or woven together in a rope, the greater its strength. We can assume that the more we are still to listen to God, the stronger we become. Ecclesiastes 4:12 says '... a cord of three strands is not quickly broken.'

"As we wait, we can choose to soak in the Lord Jesus through the power of the Holy Spirit. David wrote that he had "quieted his soul like a weaned child on his mother's breast." God speaks to our spirits, and our ears are trained to hear His voice (Isa 50:4). The mind wants to "go go go," but God says this is serious error (Isa 30). Our noisy souls must be told to be quiet and submit to our spirits and to God's Spirit. In this age of incessant cell phones, texting, Internet, and TV, we have to choose to be intentional to wait to hear God's still small voice." 

What is God trying to say to you about who He is and who you are in Him during this time of waiting? 

Two Scriptural examples of people who did not wait on God show us the disastrous consequences of not waiting. God took the kingdom from Saul because of his impatience (1 Sam 13:8-14). When God's people forgot Him and did not wait for His counsel, He sent upon them wasting disease or leanness of soul (Ps 106:13,15). You are probably painfully aware of times when you did not seek God's counsel and ran ahead of Him. You have repented of these and asked God's forgiveness. Ask Him to encourage you when you are impatient with waiting for the answer to prayer that you have desired the longest. Ask Him to give you grace to keep your hope fixed in the God-of-the-impossible.

Reflections to Consider

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Relational Publications

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Publications

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Relational Music

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Music

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Relational Reflection

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Favorites

  • Eat This Book, Eugene Peterson +

    Eugene Peterson’s book, Eat This Book gets its name from Revelation 10:9-10 when John asks for the scroll containing God’s Read More
  • Martin Luther’s Quiet Time, Walter Trobisch +

    Martin Luther had a barber named Peter Beskendorf who asked his world-famous customer and doctor of theology, "Dr. Luther, how Read More
  • Storytelling +

    Eugene Peterson discusses his influences as a writer, as well as how and why he created the Message translation. This Read More
  • Life as an Alien +

    Timothy Keller, the pastor of Redeemer Presbyterian Church in NYC, provides an inspiring portrayal of what the church is supposed Read More
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Hidden Blessings

  • Separated Unto the Holy Ghost (Andrew Murray) +

    Below is chapter 3 from the book, Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray, a South African "Now there were in the Read More
  • The Human Body and Spiritual Growth: Dallas Willard +

    In Christian Educator's Handbook on Spiritual Formation, edited by James Wilhoit of Wheaton College. "Spiritual formation" is the process through Read More
  • January 28 Devotional: Oswald Chambers +

    Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? —Acts 26:14 Read More
  • Coupla Things by Julie Moore +

    It has occurred to me that maybe more people would read my blog if the posts were shorter. I'm not Read More
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