Originally published Friday, 17 January 2014.
Why is it when God is silent, when God says wait -- we often experience a crisis of faith?
Maybe like Elijah -- you've just done something BIG for God. Instead of feeling victorious, you run for your life when threatened.
What happened? Why are you running?
Maybe like David -- you've just returned home only to find your entire life burned to the ground. Plundered. Everything is gone. Everyone is threatening you.
"But David found strength in the Lord his God" (1 Samuel 30:6b, NIV).
But David. Just two small words to remind us where we need to look when God says wait. Even when God is silent -- we are still supposed to look for Him. When David inquired of the Lord he was successful. Even after fighting and being up for 24 hours.
Interestingly enough -- this was the LAST battles David would fight before becoming king. When God had Samuel anoint David when he was just a teenager. A shepherd boy. Even when the time came for David to become King of Israel it was many, many years later.
Almost 15 to be exact.
After hiding in caves.
After living like a fugitive because the current king wanted you dead.
How could David have known God would make him wait? He didn't.
God calls long before He changes our landscape, position of leadership, or status.
It's during the waiting we have time to get to know God. It's in this time we are equipped. We are poured into. We are tested and tried and (hopefully) found ready. When I was 15, I knew would change the world.
I knew God had called me to write and share the miracles I was experiencing in my life and health. It wasn't until I turned 27, almost 28, that my first book of all my writings would finally be published.
Like David, I waited over a decade to see my dreams come true. And not just my writing dreams, but my dream of a husband. I wonder what you're waiting on?
"I am preparing you for what is on the road ahead, just around the bend. Take time to be still in My Presence so that I can strengthen you. The busier you become, the more you need this time apart with Me. So many people think that time spent with Me is a luxury they cannot afford. As a result, they live and work in their own strength--until that becomes depleted. Then they either cry out to Me for help or turn away in bitterness.
How much better is it to walk close to Me, depending on My strength and trusting Me in every situation. If you live in this way, you will DO less but ACCOMPLISH far more. Your unhurried pace of living will stand out in this rush-crazed age. Some people may deem you lazy, but many more will be blessed by your peacefulness. Walk in the Light with Me, and you will reflect Me to the watching world" (Jesus Calling).
Question: Are you currently waiting on God for something or someone? If so, how long has it been? What encourages you through the waiting?
*Previously published on ReneeFisher.com.
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