A Moment of Reprieve

“Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for 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 40:28-31 (ESV)

images6DGXNQR8Are you growing tired and weary? Do you feel as though you are running ragged trying to make things happen? Maybe you are wondering why God is not speeding up the process. Perhaps people are watching from the sidelines and telling you that you are not doing enough. Perhaps others are instructing you to “cast your net on the other side of the boat”, so to speak.

Nevertheless, one of the hardest things to do is to hear God’s voice over the input of others. In order to have success in that area, it requires that we set aside periodic appointments to reconvene with God, away from everyone else. For most of us, there is too much at stake to not hear clearly from the Lord. Hence, we must not allow our fear of misinterpreting God’s instructions to trump His amazing ability to get His instructions through to us. After all, He created us thus, He knows how to speak to us in a way that we are able to comprehend it.

Another difficult thing is to wait on God’s timing for things to unfold. God desires for us to bask in His presence more than we will probably ever realize or succumb to. God is very intentional and strategic as He gives us instructions. He desires for us to do our part but He also desires for us to give Him space and time to do His part. He spaces things out, not so that He can make us sweat and see us squirm in our seats but so that we will have rest and reprieve in between the various tasks that need to be done, in order to keep us from getting burned out.

Prayer

Lord, thank You for having things all figured out. Help me to trust in your timetable and have the wisdom to know when you are calling me to action and when you are giving me a moment of reprieve.

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