Ephesians 2; Ezekiel 6-7; Isaiah 40
As we get to the end of the year it’s easy to get tired. Of course, as busy as we are today, it sometimes seems as though we have no time to catch our breath. We need to get kids to school, go to work, get kids to after school activities, work at home because we can’t get everything done at work, deal with family and social obligations and so much more. There comes a time when we have to cry out “Enough!” In those times, we need to follow our example: Jesus. When Jesus was feeling overwhelmed, He would take time to get alone with God. If Jesus needed to withdraw to regain spiritual strength how much more do we. The promise we rely on then is found here: “But those who wait on the Lord Shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, They shall run and not be weary, They shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:31) This is a time of year when most of us need to renew our strength. The key to renewed strength is that we must spend time with God. Even our prayer lives will often reflect our lack of time to be with Him. We spout off a list of desires, we use the magic phrase “in Jesus name” and we get back into the rat race. Perhaps today can be a day we spend a little time just waiting on God. What if, instead of a prayer list that reminds us of a child’s letter to Santa Claus, we began by asking God to reveal His will to us and then waited quietly? What if, instead of rushing into some good work that needs to be done, we brought the opportunity up before God and sought His will on whether we do it, or someone else does, and waited quietly for the answer. This is by no means a call to procrastination or inaction; but it does remind us that we need to seek God’s guidance in all we do.
Lord, so often my life is a “ready, fire, aim” approach. Give me the grace to trust You. Give me the grace to learn to seek You and to learn to wait on You. Help me to know when You are speaking so that I can obey, and when You are quiet so that I can listen.