Of late, I have been deeply depressed… suffering.
I suppose most people go through periods of blackness, despondency, where life is bereft of enjoyment. They call it grieving, which is far too simplistic an explanation for such a complex mental exercise. Actually, I hate it!
I mean, come on… no one wants to suffer. No one wants to live in a state of perpetual sadness, especially if we are Followers of Christ we want God to fix it; to change our circumstances…for good, right? God can, after all. He is all powerful. He is all knowing. Remember Psalm 139?
“LORD, you have examined me and you know me. You know everything I do; from far away you understand all my thoughts. You see me, whether I am working or resting; you know all my actions. Even before I speak, you already know what I will say” (Psa 139:1-4)
If we are honest with ourselves, we expect God to move and change things. There are so many bible promises to that end. We quote them, meditate on them, sing them, tweet them, post them about the house on Stickies and yet, at times God remains silent. So we wait and tell ourselves that we must be patient. Patience is hard. Patience is the form of action that we despise the most.
So how do we carry on in patience, when God is silent? J.R. Miller exhorts that we stay faithful and obedient to His leading.
“Must life be considered a failure for someone compelled to stand still, forced into inaction and required to watch the great, roaring tides of life from shore? No—victory is then to be won by standing still and quietly waiting….It requires much more courage to stand and wait and still not lose heart or lose hope, to submit to the will of God, to give up opportunities for work, and leave honors to others, and to be quiet, confident, and rejoicing while the busy multitude goes happily alone their way. The greatest life is: “…after you have done everything, to stand” (Ephesian 6:13).
To stand and patiently wait requires three things.
We must expect to experience trials and afflictions. “We must suffer a lot to enter the kingdom of God.” (Act 14:22)
Obedience is the source of our strength and joy. “Restore the joy of your salvation to me, and provide me with a spirit of willing obedience” (Psalms 51:12).
We must allow God to transform our mind. Do not conform yourselves to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind. Then you will be able to know the will of God—what is good and is pleasing to him and is perfect” (Romans 12:2). The mind is the battlefield and the evil one wants our most valuable asset, our mind (Rick Warren). Rather than focusing on the problems, sadness, our loss, we must focus on God’s presence, His goodness…His holiness…How to please Him…we must seek Him in all things…focusing on His fingerprints in all of the many and unexpected places. God, our freedom. God, our joy.
My prayer for today is that you and I, dear friend will stand!
The title of today’s blog is a quote written by Auguste Rodin, “patience is a form of action”. Recently this quote was used at the 2016 Summer Olympics. April Ross, an American Beach Volleyball player was credited with using the quote. Thank you Ms. Ross, you rock!