Waiting on God



Light for the Way devotional seriesWe live in a world filled with constant noise and distractions. Many perceived necessities are backdrops of noise that we justify in the name of convenience.

Consider your cell phone. We carry one for the resource at our fingertips with a multitude of apps. In addition, we value the ability to call and receive calls 24/7. But how do we normally identify that our cell phone has been misplaced? Too little noise.

Pausing to be silent can be unnerving as we have trained our bodies to operate in the noise. But this is exactly what we see prescribed for us in Scripture by God.

Be still, and know that I am God … . —Psalm 46:10, NIV

Waiting on God in silence takes form in a variety of traditions and practices. Jesus regularly removed himself from the crowds to be alone with God. The disciples were rebuked for their inability to stay awake for the purpose of prayer to God in a time of need. Exploring nature allows one to see the handiwork of God’s glory.

It involves setting aside time to quiet the mind and listen to God. It is in these moments of waiting that we experience the presence of God. James 4:8a says, “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you” (NKJV). Quieting our minds and hearts from the busyness of the day and from the worries of life helps us acknowledge his sovereignty over our lives and trust in his faithfulness.

So, amid the busyness and noise of life, take the time to wait on God in silence. Set aside moments each day to be still, to quiet your mind and to open your heart to his presence. Trust in the power of silence to quiet your soul, to renew your spirit and to draw you closer to the One who holds all things in his hands.

Justin Lundberg is pastoral care director at Highland Ridge in Williamsburg, Iowa.

The Light for the Way series provides staff with an examination of a biblical reading to deepen our focus on scripture. Thank you for engaging with this series as we seek wisdom through prayer and reflection as a Christian Ministry.



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