Come, See and Rest.

Lately, I have been drawn to the quietness of my room with nothing but me, my Bible and solitude.

What a beautiful scene it is to just sit and BE with God.

During the past month, I have been blessed with a large amount of time to just BE with my Lord.

I sometimes question what He is doing but I remind myself that it is not my place to question His sovereignty.

He knows what He is doing.

strength

That is a reminder that I need daily as I sit in His stillness and wait.

Recently, I discussed this very thing with a friend of mine. The patience in the waiting.

Satan can whisper in the waiting “You don’t need to be patient, you need to act, God isn’t doing anything, you need to do something.”

However, I have found that in the waiting  my strength is renewed, restored and rebuilt into a life of splendor.

Isaiah 55 discusses this very waiting throughout the entire chapter.

First, He draws us in by saying “Come to me”.

Next, He calls us to “see” the things He is doing all around us.

Then, throughout the rest of the chapter, He calls us to rest in His promise that His ways are not our ways.

Sometimes we get stuck between the seeing and the resting phase.

We see what is only the here and now and not how to rest in the fact that He is holding us.

I am understanding more and more that God is working all around me and if I just choose to rest, even when I feel uncomfortable in the resting….

He will open doors that I once saw closed.

He will speak words that were once just ink on a page.

He will bring to light the things that were once buried in my heart.

He will cause the waves of life around me to “be still and know” (Psalm 46:10).

When we choose through our circumstances to see Him, and not the pain, and rest even when it feels uncomfortable, He WILL.

Take hold of Isaiah 55 today and know that when we:

1. Come to Him.

2. Choose to see.

3. Rest in His sovereignty.

we begin to see our circumstances in light of who He is in the midst of them.

Then we will see in verses 12-13 that:

“You will live in joy and peace. The mountains and hills will burst into song, and the trees of the field will clap their hands! Where once there were thorns, cypress trees will grow.”

Come, see and rest in all that He is.

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Quiet the World

Now, more than ever, I feel God speaking stillness into the depths of my heart. In every quiet time, in every study of the Word and in every promise given, I am reminded that He speaks in the stillness.

When my soul is quiet, there I find Him. (Psalm 62:5)

When I am weak and need His strength, He calls me to “come to Him” and He will give me rest. (Matthew 11:28)

When I feel that the next step is one of uncertainty, He says “Be still”. (Psalm 46:10)

When I feel that the chaos around me is closing in, He says “Meet me in the stillness”.

In everything, He calls me to just be still.

You see God speaks to our hearts when we are ready to hear what He has to say.

As long as our minds and souls are in an uproar, we cannot hear God’s still small voice.

Often we are so caught up in waiting for God to speak and we think that He must not want to speak to us.

The problem is, our own voice is so loud that God’s voice cannot be heard.

Only in the stillness, can we hear His still, small voice.

One story that comes to mind when I hear about calming or quieting our soul is the story of Moses and the Israelites in the wilderness. Just after God had rescued them from Pharaoh’s wrath, they were so quick to focus on their present situation that they forgot what God had rescued them from in the past. God spoke through Moses and told him to relay a message to the Israelites in Exodus 14:14,

“The Lord Himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

So often, we are just like the Israelites. We want to place our present situation at the forefront of our minds and think that nothing is worse than our current state. We quickly forget where God has brought us and the promises He has given us for the future ahead. We forget that this life is not ours to win. God has fought the battle for us on the cross and continues to fight for us each and every day in every situation we face. We are simply called to stay calm, focus on His promises, and be still.

Just as the Israelites were about to give up all hope and let their situation take over, God parted the Red Sea and, once again, rescued them. (Exodus 14: 15-31)

Give God your stillness and see Him part the Sea ahead of you.

For after all, it’s His plan and not our own.

Stillness retreat ahead…

As I sit here after an amazing night of fellowship with fellow believers in Christ, I can’t help but think about the many different life paths that led everyone to the circle of friends we formed this evening.

Sitting by the lake, calm, cool and still I began to ponder on life’s circumstances that are often not so calm, cool or still. These circumstances are the ones that we wish would end. They are the circumstances that try to bend and break us beyond what we think we can bear (1 Corinthians 10:13). However, God has a bigger picture in mind. His picture or view is bigger, brighter and more grand than our present view could ever be. Often times, a circumstance can do one of two things. A circumstance can either bring us closer to God or farther away. Although God is the constant within the struggle, it is our choice whether we choose to take hold of the constant or loosen our grip. I can say that more often than not, we loosen our grip which makes it easier the next time a trial comes to let go of the hand that is constantly outstretched toward our own.

Without taking hold of the hand that is forever holding ours, it is much harder to have faith that the circumstances are going to bring triumph. However, the reward is found through the struggle and not without the absence of it. Therefore, with the absence of trials how can one find the faith to grip hold of the One who never lets go?

Trust.

my hope

Looking back on the calm, cool and still lakeside retreat tonight, I can’t help but compare it to the image of the storms of life. Just like our circumstances lead all of us to a place of friendly fellowship, God calls all of us to a place of rest and relaxation with Him on a daily basis. Just as the waters may get choppy, strong and distraught, we can be sure that the calm and stillness is just around the corner. If we could only be sure of this truth in our own lives. It is often the case that when the waters begin to pick up speed, this is when our focus shifts to the waters instead of the One who calms them. It is then that our faith is tested and our faith is shaken. However, it is the promise that God will calm the waters raging around us which needs to be held onto.

Trust and take hold of the promise that the still, cool and calm waters of life are just around the corner.

Psalm 107: 28-31

“Then they cried out to the Lord in their trouble,
    and he brought them out of their distress.
 He stilled the storm to a whisper;
    the waves of the sea were hushed.
 They were glad when it grew calm,
    and he guided them to their desired haven.
Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love
    and his wonderful deeds for mankind.”

Choose to look to the One who calms the waters rather than the waters themselves.