So, you’re staring at the ceiling; only to be waiting and wondering why things are going the way they are. That spot in the couch has become first base and you are in constant thought of how to get to where you want to be, but when you think about it, all that happens is that worry begins to make nest in most of your thoughts. I’m mostly describing myself right now, but in some form I’m convinced everyone has experienced this to some degree.
I’m finding that in my life, a lot of time I could have been doing something, except instead I have succumb to worry and trying to be thought provoking enough to in my minds eye construct a way to navigate to where I think I should be. It has only failed to do anything and left me wondering, “why God?” I want to make something clear though, because thinking is good and all good ideas come from God and planning isn’t necessarily bad either; but have you ever tried to move God? I guess it sounds a little odd, but really I think you know what I’m getting at. Moving God is obviously hilariously impossible and even more so I know I have missed His voice many a time because in my fragile state of mind, I know I have tried to do it.
We have all read and heard this Psalm, but I felt to include it with this post and helps me to realize that God in His perfect love is relentless to teach us and make us only more reliant on Him. “Enter His gates with thanksgiving, and His courts with praise! Give thanks to Him, bless His name!” Psalm 100:4-5. This psalm seemed to be read aloud every church service I attended in Brazil this year and after awhile I got a little annoyed when I would hear it. I tend to be someone who reflects a lot and tries to think of what I can do to change and how I functioned in situations and experiences praise is definitely something I miss often. When we aren’t praising God, usually we are too focused on ourselves and “our needs,” and God is mean for not giving them to us when we want them. A lot of the seasons I have been in recently could have been so much smoother if I would have just stopped whining and praised God. Even to myself, hearing a Christian say, “just praise God!” can sound so cliché, but it shouldn’t!
Whatever we believe about God is not only the most important thing about us, but is the atmosphere we carry and when praise is brought into the equation, there is an impartation of faith and joy that is released in giving up understanding and receiving God’s peace (see Phil 4:7). Praising God is how we take the spotlight off ourselves and be reflective back towards our Father.
Never will we be able to force the hand of God in all of His wisdom knowing past, present and future, so instead, we must praise and also remember that the perseverance can be a joy if our perspective is taking steps and doing things that please Him. When I used to thing of waiting on God, I used to think of just sitting there waiting like Ezekiel to receive a prophetic vision and while that has happened in the past, God is in no way restricted to formulas. When I asked this question to Danny Lehman (one of the elders of the Kona YWAM base) he gave the illustration of waiting on God like a waiter at a restaurant. Moving, but coming back and seeing if the time has come to take action in a certain way or not. Waiters never sit idle, but are always moving and I think it should be the same with us.
Finally, I believe God can speak in a variety of ways and I have only experienced a few, but I know it’s not too late to start doing what you love. I would rather give my all in what I think God is saying than do nothing at all because being idle never helped anybody. Recently God spoke to me and said, “Start doing what you love! Don’t just wait for the dreams I have given you to just happen. Start taking small steps!” It really is all we can do. God is in absolute control and there is peace in that. No one will ever have perfect theology, there will always be tension in sanctification and we must go through waiting to be released to enjoy the fruits of certain blessings God will give us coming out of trying seasons. Let’s be convinced God has our best even if it’s not what we think it should look like! I want to be satisfied in God no matter my financial or physical situation and want to seek to cultivate a personal life of praise that will only overflow and get on other people.
Take moments in your day to praise GOD †