After writing yesterday’s post, I was overwhelmed by not only enormous support, but a love that just reminds me of how truly blessed I am. I said to my friend, Sharon, “Somebody raise the rod already!” In other words, I’m ready for my Red Sea to part….like yesterday.
So, what do we do in the meantime? What does trusting God look like? I’ve always liked the scripture, “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 I can’t tell you how many times I’ve quoted it to myself and even to others. Truth be told – it sounds good. But, for a girl like me who gets ants in her pants often, it’s a tough one to swallow, really. To be still is to trust Him. His timing just isn’t always ours.
Joyce Meyer says this about trusting God:
“As we continuously mature in the Christian life, we learn to believe for things not NOW but in God’s perfect timing. Hebrews 11:1 says, ‘NOW faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.’ We can always have faith now, but we cannot always have the manifestation now. Trusting God often requires not knowing how God is going to accomplish what needs to be done and not knowing when He will do it. We always say, ‘God is never late,’ but He is generally not early either. Why? Because He uses those opportunities to stretch our faith in Him, and we grow during times of waiting.”
Amen, Sister Joyce.
This lady reminded me yesterday how important it is to listen to His voice. “My sheep know my voice.” John 10:27 Kitty said that “God continues to call us closer to Him. ‘Search me O’ God…and know my heart.’” That’s what I need to do in the meantime….and every day.
And, as for my comment yesterday on the righteous, and how “I hope I fit into that category”, this lady was precious to make sure that I remember that “we are not made righteous by our own goodness but by the blood of Christ!!!” Can I get an Amen? So, I want to make sure you all know that, too. Otherwise, it is all works. Thank Jesus for His grace.
Since I have a difficult time sitting still, I’m going to use this time to feed my spirit. I’m going pray. I’m going to serve. I’m going to LISTEN to His voice. I’m going to read His Word daily. I’m going to read other life-giving books. I’m currently reading “When the Game Is Over, It All Goes Back In the Box” by John Ortberg. Good read so far. Up next on the reading list is “Crazy Love: Overwhelmed By A Relentless God” by Francis Chan.
I want to live with a crazy love for Jesus. I want to live like a Meshach, Shadrach, and Abednego who not only had such a trust in God – and such a crazy love for Him – that they could proclaim before being tossed in a fiery furnace that even if God didn’t deliver them, they still would not bow.
That’s good stuff. And, the really cool part is that God did deliver the three young men. And, He still does. He is the same yesterday, today, and so on and so forth.
So, in the meantime, I’m going to trust in Him, and pursue Him, because I know He is pursuing me.
How are you feeding your spirit right now?
7 responses to “In the meantime.”
It appears sometime yesterday your red sea parted, cuz you on the other side now, the place where you rekon your enemies dead and newness to trust. Regerdless of daily stuf, you crossed with joyce and Jesus. Now pull some over with you!
One thing I have learned about faith is not to continue praying about the problem, but pray and then everytime I want to pray the problem again, I choose to thank Him for the answer. I believe I have received the answer when I asked. We sometimes have to wait for the manifestation, but I believe I have received the thing I have asked for. After all, God’s will is to give us the desires of our heart when we love Him and obey His commandments.
Thank you for sharing your heart with us!!
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I completely agree with all you said, but I have one question…..Wasn’t it Shadrach, Meshach, and Love Shack at the Fiery Furnace?????
Dusty- First of all God Bless Joyce Meyer, I watch her everyday.
Secondly, I am going through a similar struggle at this point in my life.
My Dad (my protector, my hero) has been diagnosed with Cancer. He has never been sick a day in his life. This news is devastating to our family especially since my Uncle (his baby brother) passed away just 3 months ago. We watched helplessly as he battled and took his last breath.
I started to feel like God was putting more on me than I could handle and a small bit of anger began creeping in. But, as it always does, His grace overtook me and I began to realize that I had to trust Him. I had to be still and know that He is God. So, I sat down last night with a couple of good soul feeding books and the Bible. As I read and prayed I began to feel a since of peace and then I realized that this is exactly what God wants us to do in times of trouble–trust in Him–then give Him praise. He has not given us a spirit of fear, but of sound mind, so that we don’t have to be anxious or scared. I just have to be reminded from time to time that I need to pursue him. I, like you, want to have a crazy love for Jesus. Thanks for sharing. You are touching lives!!!!
hi! it’s michel’s friend!
i really enjoy reading your blog. i feel i am at the same point in my spiritual journey right now, waiting to see when and how the Lord decides to “part the sea”. you are absolutely right that we just have to have complete faith and trust in only Him. we also just have to ENJOY Him. bask in the glory of the Lord and worship Him with our everything.
crazy love is also next on my list. francis chan has this amazing way of putting things into perspective, doesn’t he? i’m really excited to see what God has in store for us! keep me updated!
glad you made your way back to griffin!
Great post. So encouraging. Keep at it Dusty. I like Corrie Ten Boom’s comment about God not being early in “The Hiding Place.” She equates it to not needing the ticket for the train until you are boarding, an analogy her father used with her. I find that in my life God has missed some really fantastic opportunities to be early, but I’ve always made the train.