by Dr. Charles Stanley
Thursday February 10, 2005
The Message in the Storm
One of the most difficult things we are to do as Christians is to "wait silently for God only." We 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" means something different here - it means "pause for further instructions." Instead of passivity, we choose to stop our actions and listen for God's directive. Sometimes God is silent for a season, but He always has a purpose. He has a perfect time for us to act, and until that moment, we must 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 sometimes wait impatiently. I am 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 God who offers peace. So we are to wait in silence without complaining, which means we must have patience. In order to be patient, we must trust God's wisdom, love, power, and timing. We cannot go wrong when we trust Him.
The key to peace in the storm is waiting for God only. When we refuse to wait on Him, we 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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