For God alone my soul waits in silence; from him comes my salvation. (ESV)
Is this true? Don’t jump to the end of the verse and start talking about how you believe in Jesus as your Savior. I’m talking about the first part. Do you wait for God? Is He your sole focus so that you are not expecting anything else, like your own strength or some earthly program, to save you? Do you wait on Him in silence?
I am struck over and over again by how much of a frenzy my life is. I am much more like one of the Greek warriors in the Trojan War, about whom Homer said, “Now here, now there, he darts from place to place.” I want to work out my own salvation. I do not mean my eternal salvation, but I want to make things work out for me in the here and now. I try to make it happen, and when I do pray, it is not a period of waiting in silence. I hurl my to-do list at God and say amen.
David was a man after God’s own heart. God Himself said so. He must have known something about living a godly life, and unless I miss my guess, this was anchored in a quiet waiting upon God.
Lord, I know I must seem silly running around trying to accomplish things on my own. This day I commit to slowing down. I am also not going to ask You for anything, at least not with the anxiety of my mind. You know the true needs of my heart. I am simply going to wait on You in silence. Amen.
Copyright © 2014 by Steven R. Perkins