Wednesday, April 7, 2010

finding peace

I love opening my bible up to the book of Psalm. There is such peace there, such strength to grasp hold of and cling to. While reading this morning I chose Psalm 27. Although there are fourteen verses in this chapter, I find that is amazing the first one and the last bring it all together. In Psalm 27:1 it says: "The Lord is my light and my salvation; Whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; Of whom shall I be afraid?" Then when we move to the last verse 14 it says: "Wait on the Lord; Be of good courage, and He shall strengthen your heart; Wait, I say, on the Lord!"
When the Lord is our Light and our Strength is there anything to fear? No, this world has nothing on God. He is the beginner and finisher. He is the Alpha and the Omega! There is none mightier than He. There is nothing that can touch us that He will not prepare us for. There is no mountain to high and no valley to low that we cannot find Him, His light and His strength!

Notice in the last verse, we are told to wait. Wait is used here twice. Ever have a hard time waiting? We seem to want everything right now, and our way to boot. When we choose to wait and wait upon the Lord He moves, and through Him we not only find strength and purpose, but we find change in us. We find peace where there was none before. We see the light in the darkness around us. When Jesus says, "Wait", He isn't saying I'm too busy right now. He isn't saying I don't have time for you. He isn't saying your situation is not important to Him. He is saying, Wait on Me. Hold on to Me. Trust Me. Believe in Me. Have patience on Me and My Word. In waiting we find purpose. We find faith in waiting.

Waiting is the hardest part. When waiting in the doctor's office for the news that may change your life, while waiting for your family to be restored, while waiting for that job to come, while waiting for prayer to be answered that you have said a thousand times a day is hard. But through that waiting is where we find all we need. We find ourselves in the midst of waiting, and we find others there with us. Jesus never leaves us, He is right there in the midst of what your going through today. He doesn't leave anything unfinished. He is working in us and those around us.

We can rejoice in waiting. We can find joy in waiting, and a new hope knowing God is right there with us. We are His children. You know how much you love your own child. There is a bond, a unconditional love in the relationship between a parent and child. You would climb mountains for your child. Just think what Jesus does for His children. There is no love greater than His.

When we are waiting it gives us a chance to caste all our cares upon Him. It gives us a chance to breathe. It gives us a chance to grow in our walk with Him. Once that walk begins we are taking little steps, but after a while, we are running with Him, side by side. In that walk is where we find who we are made to be. In our weakness of waiting we find His strength, and His strength is more than enough.

In verse 11 it also tells us: "Teach me Your way, O Lord, and lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies." What are your enemies today? What temptation are you fighting? It is on that walk, through that path that He leads us and we learn more about Him and His ways. Ever go on a hide and trip over a rock you didn't see? Well, Jesus sees those rocks we are about to trip over. He sees what is past that winding road up ahead that we can't have a clear view of. If we just allow Him to lead, if just place our trust in Him, He will lead us over those broken rocks, and up those those winding hills. Once over them and on top, what a view we have. We have a view of all the places Jesus has taken us, and all those that He kept us from falling over.

Hold on to Him today. Trust Him in your walk, and learn that waiting can sometimes be the place where we find the most blessings.
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