Tuesday, December 1, 2009

A Pause, Not Applause

We’ve looked at God’s will as a position rather than a place. It is a reassuring relationship, not a random responsibility. Living within the will of God is recognized and enjoyed as we are obedient. We recognize prayer as our primary method of communication with God and His Word as His primary method of communication to us - therefore we regularly frequent both opportunities. We receive fellowship and counsel from those whose lives proclaim Christ. Having therefore the willingness to yield to His will, the verification of our spiritual position through obedience, and the readiness to respond to opportunities, we DO. That’s it; WE DO! We DO whatever it is in front of us TO DO.

Ah, but one might quote Psalm 46:10:

"Be still and know that I am God.".

If THIS is the secret to knowing God’s will there is ample evidence that the majority claiming Him are most certainly IN HIS WILL!

But no; this “stillness” is not the picture of a once raging river having become a quagmire, a cesspool of lifeless inactivity. No, this phase denotes the vibrant, active, involved, servant of God totally relying upon HIM for sustenance while willingly DOING His will and giving Him all the glory! It is “going limp” to self-will and resting in His promise and provision. It is facing the uncertainties of life with the assurance that His finger that points our way is only part of His hand that supplies our needs.

Put into context, Psalm 46:10 takes on a different meaning. It tells us that in the process of DOING His will He is there to accomplish those things we cannot.

Go back and read all of Psalm 46 if you want the full power and promise of God to uplift you! Oh my! This little phrase sneaks up on you as you read:

"God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah."

May you enjoy His presence, His peace, His glory, His power, His provision, His plan, His will!

1 comment:

  1. Thank you for sharing God's Word, and your words too!you! I appreciate you for taking the time and sharing the love of God with us.