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Be Still.

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Have you ever felt like you were on the verge of something great…on the verge of a breakthrough? Things in your life are going fairly smoothly, you are getting on your face before Jesus daily, Jesus is speaking great things in your life, and you can literally see little by little Jesus making moves and setting things up for His plans for you to come into fruition. And then all of sudden Jesus is quiet. You call on Him, but you don’t hear His voice…

This is the story of my life right now. At the start of the year, I went on a fast and I grew even closer to Jesus, went even deeper in my relationship with Him, and He started giving me a glimpse into His plans for me. He didn’t reveal everything, but what He did show me left me so in awe…left me literally speechless. I even started seeing Him, little by little, put things in motion. But these last couple of weeks, Jesus has been fairly quiet. It’s like everything is at a standstill. This caused me to become anxious. I started questioning myself, asking myself if I have done something wrong, if I have pulled away from Him without even realizing it. That wasn’t the case. Then I started asking Jesus, “What’s going in? Why have things come to a halt?”

This morning the Lord told me,

“Be still beloved. I am right here with you. Right now it seems like I’m not doing anything, but I am doing many things in the spiritual realm that you cannot see in the natural. Right now I want you to focus on resting in Me and trusting Me even when it seems like nothing is happening. The key to you successfully fulfilling My plans for your life is your trust in Me and you keeping your eyes on Me. Once you stop trusting Me or take your eyes off of Me, everything around you will begin to fall apart. You need Me every step of the away along this journey.”

Be still. Two simple words, yet they hold so much meaning. Hearing that from the Lord was hard for me to accept. I don’t want to be still. I want to start living out His plans for my life right now. I’m tired of waiting. Although I want to keep moving ahead in God’s plans for me, He tells us in His word “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him…” (Psalm 37:7).

God doesn’t tell us to be still for no reason. He tells us to be still because He sees the whole picture while we see only a small portion of it. There are things that He has to develop in us before He fully moves us into a position to do these great things for His glory. If we run ahead without Him, it’s only going to end in disaster. King Saul is the perfect example of this. In 1 Samuel 13, King Saul was instructed to wait 7 days for Samuel to come to offer a sacrifice to God. Saul waited but started to get anxious because the men in his army started getting anxious. Instead of waiting and fixing his eyes on God, he started to look at what was going on around him. This lead him to take matters into his own hands and offer the sacrifice even though he knew it was against God’s will. As soon as he offered the sacrifice, Samuel showed up. And then in 1 Samuel 13:13-14, ‘13 “How foolish!” Samuel exclaimed. “You have not kept the command the Lord your God gave you. Had you kept it, the Lord would have established your kingdom over Israel forever. 14 But now your kingdom must end, for the Lord has sought out a man after his own heart. The Lord has already appointed him to be the leader of his people, because you have not kept the Lord’s command.”’

King Saul was destined for great things, but because he stepped out of God’s will for his life, those plans for him would never be fulfilled, and his life continued to get worse and worse. It is a challenge being patient, especially when God gives you a glimpse into all that He has in store for you. It’s even more challenging when you feel like you are so close to those plans coming to fruition, but they are not happening soon enough. Although it may not make sense as to why the fulfillment of these plans are taking so long, put your trust in God. Keep your eyes on Him and trust His perfect timing. Ultimately He knows what is best. Don’t try to take matters into your own hands because that will force you out of His will for your life. His will for your life is perfect. Do not be anxious or worry that His will for you will never manifest. Remember Numbers 23:19, “God is not a man, so he does not lie. He is not human, so he does not change his mind. Has he ever spoken and failed to act? Has he ever promised and not carried it through?” Every promise God has ever made to you, He will fulfill it. BUT it will be in His timing.

Life in the Fast Lane

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(Originally Posted October 4, 2011)

In our society, we always want everything instantly. From our food to our internet connection, everything is now, now, now! Don’t make us wait or there will be SERIOUS and possibly even dangerous repercussions. Why is that? Why is it that we can’t allow ourselves to “stop and smell the roses?” Is there any kind of benefit to this fast-paced life? Is there some kind of reward received for living life in the fast lane? All I see are individuals 45 or younger having heart attacks. All I see are individual’s lives flashing before their eyes and not having any memories to hold close. All I see are overly stressed individuals who lack both joy and peace. All I see are so many individuals, particularly those in the 20-30 year range, with high blood pressure. Is this fast paced life worth cutting our life short, missing out on seeing our children grow up big and strong, seeing our younger siblings graduate from high school and go off to college? Is it worth missing out on creating those special memories that last a lifetime? Our society is impulsive. Things are done on a whim with no regard for the consequences. We never look ahead to the future; we live only in the present, the here and now. We don’t think about what tomorrow may or may not hold or how our actions in one instant can change our own life as well as others so quickly. One simple, impulsive decision can change our life forever. Something as simple as speeding down a residential street not anticipating a child running out into the middle of the street to simply get their ball that rolled down the driveway. Something as simple as running a red light just to make it to our destination five minutes earlier. These decisions can turn our whole world upside down. What if a child did run out into the middle of the street when we decided to go 50 or 60 miles an hour. What if we notice the child after it’s too late to step on our brakes? What then? What if we do run that red light and a pedestrian, who does have the right of way, steps off that curb? What then? Why must we rush? Why must we do everything in such a hurry? Why must we act without thinking it through? Is it worth cutting our life short or cutting someone else’s life short just to get something done quickly or get to our destination that much sooner? Is it worth it?