One of the most difficult things we are to do as Christians is to "wait silently for God only." We tend to think of waiting as passively sitting back until something happens. However, in the midst of a stormy life event, we don't want to wait. Our instinct is to react quickly and force things to change.
But this word "wait" has a different meaning here—it connotes "pause for further instructions." Instead of opting for passivity, we must choose to stop our actions and listen for God's directive. Sometimes the Lord is silent for a season, but He always has a purpose. He knows the perfect time for us to act, and until that moment, we need to wait. More strength and character are required to be still in the midst of a storm than to frantically seek our own solution.
I can tell you that I, too, sometimes wait impatiently. I become nervous and question God. Or I complain. But those reactions do not fit who we are as Christians. Paul tells us plainly to "be anxious for nothing" but to pray to the Lord who offers peace. So we are to wait in silence without complaining, which means we must have patience. In order for us to be patient, we must trust in God's wisdom, love, power, and timing. We cannot go wrong when we rely on Him.
The key to finding peace in the storm is waiting for God only. When we refuse to do so, we are more likely to make bad decisions. He hears our every prayer, but we must be willing to wait in silence and listen for His reply.
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