10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
Sitting still does not bode well in modern day society. We think it a waste of time. We priories action instead of relationships. When we set our mind on something we neglect everything else. Reason that I find untrue even for myself, such as “Time is short. If I keep pushing, everything can be done in a month or less than a year,”
But maybe that isn’t what God wants. His will may also involve time. What we think we target in a year, He might want in three years.
Why is that? It’s the quality of the journey, not the goal itself. How much have we depended on Him for a certain goal, a life ministry, a life calling. Rather than hear or be given a vision on go all out on yourself.
Remember the core. He is the Vine.
“I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness,23 gentleness and self-control.
In our ways and time one fruit might be pride.
The other in God’s time and ways, the fruit will be gentleness and humility.
One fruit will be impatience, anxiety, worry, and stress, which robs us of health and sleep.
The other patience, long-suffering, joy and peace, builds character on Christ that can weather any storm.
Leaning on ourselves we would be pushing ourselves after unreasonable goals and get burn out. Giving up and straying away.
Leaning on Him, we learn faithfulness. Trusting Him and moving forward no matter the situation. By seeing how faithful He is, we in return can love and remain faithful to stick to Him. If we lean on ourselves we tend to find other things to curb our worries and stress, such as entertainment, drugs, lust filled activities, materialism, other people and so on.
Learning to trust in God we learn self-control. Not taking the easy way out of self-gratification when the going gets tough but getting down on our knees in prayer. Sometimes our prayers, our dreams, our motives to serve Him may be what He wants but the timing could be what we want. We want to rush things, make them happen faster. While He says take My time. Take it and let’s move together.
It’s character He wants, not reputation. Character takes time, reputation may take an instant. To be the youngest and most successful in a certain area, or ministry is everyone’s desire. Who wouldn’t want to be a success before the age of 30. But He might want us to be successful yet at a more mature state of life might be what He wants.
We see many Bible characters starting at a later age.
The Lord Jesus started His ministry around 30.
Joseph was 30 when Pharaoh then put Joseph in charge of the whole country
Isaac married Rebecca at 40 years old.
Moses started at 80 years old.
Abraham received 100 years old.
So maybe we should still our anxious heart. Without faith, childlike faith we cannot please God.
And he said: “Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.
Don’t rush but depend on Him, and His time. Have childlike faith. Like a child waiting for a parent to finally finish building a tree house they want to play in. Or finally getting a present promise.
It’s not how much can be done in a year, but how much we trust and walk with Him in a year.
So He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves before men, but God knows your hearts.
It’s all about the heart.
By Chris Quah
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