When we place our FULL trust (I say “full” because many trust partially when things are going well or according to plans) in the Lord, he enables us to wait patiently. We cease our plan, our actions, our agendas, our timetables. Our faith, his gift to us, holds us in patient trust and there we wait until he blesses.
This is not an easy place for doers to find themselves. It is hard even for Marys. How much more glory God gets when a Martha is able to so give up serving, accomplishing and busyness, to “wait patiently?”
The secret is found in this little phrase in v. 6: “Sacrifice and offering (in that context–labor intensive activity) you did not desire . . . “but my ears you have pierced.” This speaks, in that ancient culture, of total surrender and ownership. When we go to God’s doorpost and say to Him “Father I want to give myself totally to be yours . . . to serve You ALONE, we can wait patiently for His assignments and cease from ours.
Father help me to always wait patiently for You. I make you my trust. My ear you have pierced. I am totally your son–ready to bless your heart. Let me bring you great glory at this autumn season of my life. Heart surrender is the worship I give. I’m not ashamed to trust in you no matter how foolish that looks to others. Thank you in advance for receiving this act of worship.
©2011, David C Alves
- Waiting Is The Hardest Part… (scottcouey.wordpress.com)
- How to Wait Well (philslocum.net)
- “A Land That I Will Show You” (captivatedbychrist.org)
- God Acts On Our Behalf (video from Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries)
- How Can I Wait Patiently On the Lord? (video from Dr. Charles Stanley’s In Touch Ministries)