It is obvious that we live in a world of instant gratification. 24/7 news, super fast computers and Internet service, texting, Instagram, and online shopping, create an environment where having to wait for something, anything, becomes more than an inconvenience and more like a personal insult.
The problem with the “I want it now” world is that life does not offer instant solutions to every problem we face. We are beset by issues in our families, at work, and in our personal lives that require patience, careful reflection, investigation, consideration and calm, deliberate decision-making. When we try to apply the example of the fast pace of our world to these problems, we end up depressed, angry, bitter and confused…utterly exhausted! We also make reflexive judgments and decisions without the time and discernment to fully understand the consequences.
The Bible gives us instruction on peaceful living. We are to “be still, ” “not judge, ” “wait,” and “trust.” How hard this comes to so many of us, including myself! I can count too many times when I rushed into something, or made a snap judgment or decision for expediency and found myself in a bigger mess than when I started!
Psalm 37 has brought me around. When I face trouble and difficulties I read it to remind me that alone I cannot really accomplish anything. I need to have the Lord with me, and the Holy Spirit guiding me, so that I do not make a decision or come to judgment in the flesh alone, but rather with the Spirit providing me much-needed assistance.
“Wait on the Lord, and keep His way, and He shall exalt you to inherit the land; When the wicked are cut off, you shall see it. I have seen the wicked in great power, and spreading himself like a native green tree, Yet he passed away, and behold he was no more. Indeed I sought him, but he could not be found.” Psalm 37:34-37
Perhaps today you feel the ominous presence of the enemy, any enemy, surrounding you. Like a leafy green tree his branches and leaves appear to be covering and smothering you, leaving nowhere to run and escape. You feel panic, helplessness and are looking for a way out. The Lord is there for you. He loves you and has promised that you “shall inherit the land,” because it belongs to you and not the enemy. He will provide a means and method for you to overcome your problems and to eliminate the enemy so soundly that you will look around and he will “not be found.” However you must “wait on the Lord” and also you must “keep His way.” Patience, trust and faith, combined with fervent prayer have seen me through many a personal struggle. At home, at work, with my own self. I have learned that I cannot heal myself and fix my troubles with snap decisions and judgments, relying on my own power, but rather I need to deliberate, pray and wait on the Lord, through my Spirit within, to guide me to a place of peace and joy and serenity.
I can honestly say that even as a Christian my life has not been without trouble (that is not a promise of the Bible), but that in every case (every time!) I have faced serious danger, when I have reached out to Him with true faith, a contrite heart and a willing Spirit the Lord has shown me a way out of trouble and into glory. Each struggle was eventually overcome and I landed in a better place than I had been before. These experiences proved conclusively to me that God exists, that He loves and cares for me, that He has a plan for me and that He is the master of my life. I willingly submit to Him and I encourage you to do so as well.
Whatever you are facing today. There is hope, there is peace, and there is a way out of your struggle and into a place of abundance and joy through faith in Jesus Christ!