Cultivating and Waiting

“Cultivate the greatest confidence that, though you cannot see into your heart, God is working there by His Holy Spirit. Let the heart wait at times in perfect silence and quiet; in its hidden depths God will work. Be sure of this, and just wait on Him. Give your whole heart, with its secret workings, into God’s hands continually. He wants the heart, and takes it” (Andrew Murray).

It takes discipline to wait well. To wait in God’s way is not to do nothing, like sitting idly by the phone waiting for it to ring with a job offer or a proposal. It’s living your life, looking for how God is working in the world, and obeying what you already know. It’s preparing yourself to be ready with no hesitations or hindrances for when God’s call does come.

Above all, waiting is a continual act of surrender. The old joke about living sacrifices is that they keep crawling off of the altar. You have to keep putting your heart back on the altar, in God’s hands, to do with what He wants and wills. In no other place is it safe or secure.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you” (Romans 12:1-2, The Message).

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