En Gedi: Finding rest in the wilderness!

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-From A Dad: Wait! The Lord is at Work!

Posted by Scott on October 23, 2007

Something I have always had trouble with is waiting.  It is not a genetic characteristic built in a male to wait.  We know something needs to be done and it is our nature to fix it if we can.  Isn’t it amazing that the one bent we struggle with is one of the very characteristics God leads us into….waiting.

“Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield.”  -Psalm 33:20

What can be accomplished by waiting on God?  Why is it He wants us to wait?  I hope to address some of the reasons why waiting on God is best and that it may encourage us as dads in our daily walk when we are eager to move forward yet God instructs us to wait.

Strength comes from waiting on God.  Many of us lack the strength we need to bless others because we have not waited on our Lord.  This stems from a self-dependency or self-effort on our part.  God intends that we depend totally on Him and allow Him to build a useful testimony.  With a strong useful testimony that is filled with the providences of God, He will take that and use it and us.  For our families sake we need to be in God’s word daily and waiting for His instructions.  God is always at work whether we can see it or not.  He plans to use our gifts, talents, time and resources in order to further His kingdom.  Each day will present its own set of challenges and trial, but He promises if we will wait on Him, God will renew our strength daily.  As it states in Isaiah 40:31 “They that wait upon the Lord will renew their strength.”  Guys, so many of our decisions are made irrationally.  He wants to be in the entire process of our life not just a part of it.  This is from how we dress, the number of children we have, where we live, what we live in, what we eat, where we go to church, how we raise and educate our kids, where we work and what we do.  He wants to be our conselor on a daily basis….not have us only come to Him once we have moved ahead of Him and now everything is a mess.  I can testify to that first hand.  I have gone ahead of Him too many times.  However, His word has permiated my mind and heart.  I understand that waiting on Him is of extreme importance.

As busy dads of even busier households we are in need of serenity or rest.  By waiting patiently on God we can find that needed rest each day.  Our world today is rampant with noise, strife, conflicts, and challeneges. Psalm 37:7 says “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him; fret not thyself.” Rest in Him, wait patiently, and do not worry.  Without these three main components in our lives, guys, we will live very complicated lives and that will transfer into the lives of our family.  Constant strife and conflict in a household is not godly nor is it healthy.  As the heads of the household we need to waiting on God in order to keep this serenity and restfulness in our homes.  You may think I am nuts on this, but I believe we need to find a place and time each day in order to simply be quiet and still before our Lord.  God’s word admonishes this in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”  That is a command, not a suggestion.  Let’s take time to be still and find out what God wants for our family today rather than running wrecklessly through life hoping we are in God’s will.  He will give us direction in due time, but waiting patiently will bring that rest or serenity we need to keep our families moving in the right direction.

Waiting will bring about stability from God.  He wants His people to be constant and stable in our daily lives.  When times are good we must keep a level head.  When horrible trouble comes our way we must keep a level head.  As Christian dads our influence is important on the people that are around us each day.  If we are up one day and down the next we cannot be effective for the furtherment of God’s kingdom. Psalm 40:1-2 says “I waited patiently for the Lord and He…set my feet upon a rock and established my goings.” God can plant us firmly upon a solid rock for stability.  Many times I am reading and it states in the bible to “patiently wait”.  I have never prayed for patience, because that will come no matter what anyway.  As we get up each morning His mercies are fresh and new.  We can trust God to give us that stability to make it through the day.  Study His word, chew on His word, meditate on His word, and breath His word into the lives of your family.  God promises to establish us, strengthen us, and settle us daily.

Finally, gentleman, waiting helps to bring about submission to God’s will.  Jesus was a perfect example of bowing in submission to His heavenly Father as it says in Luke 22:41-42 “He…kneeled down and prayed…nevertheless not my will, but thine be done.”  Each morning it is good to yield our will into God’s hand.  He will carry us all day.  It does us no good to try and inject our will upon Him.  This is a fight we will not win, guys.  He will patiently wait us out.  So, from the start of our day, let’s yield it over to Him and see how He directs our path.  We know in our minds and hearts that God’s will is always best anyway, so, why do we fight it so often.  I am speaking from experience men.  Submitting is the same as surrendering it all to Him….our physical well being, our mental well being, and our spiritual well being.  Surrender it all into His hand and trust that He will get us through.

Waiting on God is the way to gain that much needed strength each day.  Our rest and serenity is found in Him daily.  To have a stable household and life requires waiting on God.  Submitting our lives into God’s hand will result in a great and successful life.  Allow the Lord to help each of us dads, husbands and men to live a life we can truly say was worth waiting on.

-Scott Bailey (c) 2007

 

 

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