Be Still and Know

Can I be real with y’all? Okay, good.

Once I found out that it was my turn to post on the day before Valentine’s day I immediately started praying, asking God to give me a word for y’all. I’ve been in the Word, seeking the Lord, and praying more than I have in a really long time just so God would give me something to say, in hopes that I could speak some truth into your life. Because it truly is my heart’s desire to encourage and reach y’all for God’s glory.

And yet, nothing…

I got down on my knees, literally, and begged my sweet faithful Jesus to put something, ANYTHING, on my heart.

And still, nothing…

I started questioning if God even heard my cries. Does He care that I need His help? Does He even hear me? And then it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Sometimes, God doesn’t say anything so that we can quiet ourselves before Him and display some of that good ole patience that they say is a virtue.

In Psalm 37:7, the Bible says, “Be still in the presence of the Lord and wait patiently for Him to act.”

Exodus 14:14 says very clearly, “The Lord will fight for you, you need only be still.”

It is not natural for us to wait, sit, or be patient. We like immediate satisfaction. We like things done right away. We like the instant gratification of things happening fast. But, our mighty God works in very different ways than we do.

If you go all the way back to the days of creation, God displayed the pattern of waiting that He has woven seamlessly into our lives today. It didn’t take seven days to create everything because He wasn’t able to do it all in one day, but because He wanted to show us that there is great value in the times in between fulfilled promises.

Are you in a period of waiting on God to answer you? Do you feel like you can’t hear God or that He’s just not listening?

Me too, girl, I feel you. And that’s okay. This season of quiet waiting is not a punishment from God, it’s an opportunity to see Him do His miraculous works right before your eyes. Waiting is less about us and more about the display of God’s glory in and through us. So let’s join forces and sit in His presence together as we wait patiently for Him to act. Let’s wait on the Lord and make our dwelling place in His faithful promises. Find joy, sweet sister, in the journey because that is so often where we see God at work the most. He can do more in your waiting that you can do in your doing.

Here are four faithful promises that we can rest in during this season of quiet waiting:

Psalm 37:34“Wait on the Lord and keep His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land.”

Isaiah 40:31“But they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not grow weary; they shall walk and not faint.”

Lamentations 3:25-26“The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the soul who seeks Him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord.”

Habakkuk 2:3“For still the vision awaits its appointed time; it hastens to the end – it will not lie. If it seems slow, wait for it; it will surely come; it will not delay.”

Xoxo,

Anna Jo

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