Here is the revelation that is shaping my life today…
Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken.
Oftentimes our prayers demand God to ensure our lives are never in need of Him. We don’t want a rock or fortress God, we want a God who makes sure we live never in need of a rock or fortress. But this is not the life God promises. So often people say they are diasppointed with God, but that is a ridiculous statement – it is impossible for God to be diaspointing. What they are really saying is ‘i dont understand God’. God doesn’t promise a life without conflict, without turmoil, without pain, without struggle, He promises to be a rock and a refuge when our lives walk those paths.
So often I run the risk of losing my rhythm of quiet walking. I feel the pace and the pressure of this screaming, speeding, screening world and I get swept away in its relentless current. But in doing so I lose the quiet rhythm and strength of hope. It is through the storm that I have found the rhythm of quiet waiting, and felt the security I wrestled to have in him.
Live counter to this culture. Don’t run from the turmoil, lean in, wait quietly, on my King. My hope, my strength, my security flow continually from Him, they are not found in the fragile offerings of the world. I can have hope beside me but live in fractured worry, because I refuse to move in the rhythm of quiet waiting.
Thank you that you don’t promise rose gardens for then I would follow you for the reward of roses. Thank you that you promise me yourself in all the seasons of life, for then I seek after you alone. I am so fickle, yet you are so faithful, thank you. I love my life of hope, strength and security that is found in the intimacy of quiet living in your presence. I am a blessed man.
Spend some time in meditation. Relearn the rhythm in which I found the magnificence of God.