Resting in The Lord

“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.” Psalm 37: 4,7

One of the most difficult things to do when we are in the middle of a difficult trial or life situation, is to rest in the Lord and patiently wait. As members of the church, we somehow think that by working harder or being more diligent in our duties, we can speed up the Lord’s beautiful refining process. But the truth is, that every second of the Lord’s purification is needed in order for deep and meaningful spiritual transformation to happen in our lives. Resistance to this process, causes us to suffer and prolongs deliverance.

Resting in the Lord, doesn’t mean we forfeit our righteous desires or our need to be rescued from our trials. On the contrary, the only thing that we are forfeiting is the anxiety, worry, and mental anguish that we suffer from desperately attempting to control and change what is in our minds. We let the Lord worry about the timing and outcome. Our minds can rest.

When we wait patiently and trust in the Lord, a beautiful thing happens. We realize we are stronger than we ever thought possible. Our desires are made manifest (though maybe not how we had originally imagined). We find unshakable proof that nothing can destroy us and we are capable of all things. But hidden under all these important lessons is the realization that our mental anguish and obsessive need to control the trial, are not requisites of our faith and have zero influence on the outcome. We realize that nothing can be fixed in our minds.

Today, I hope you find wisdom in waiting patiently for the Lord.

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