By Marni Montanez
Psalm 62:5 New Living Translation (NLT)
5 Let all that I am wait quietly before God,
for my hope is in him.
Have you ever had one of those seasons when you don’t know what God is doing and you are left feeling abandoned and disheveled? This a very difficult time to go through.
You pray, and cry, you complain, repent and you even threaten that you’re giving up, but nothing changes. It seems that there are no answers in this period of your life. You feel like you are at sea without a paddle or a motor and adrift with no wind at your sails and no paddle with which to row in any direction. This is the time when you feel very alone and the questions pour through your mind that cause you to doubt yourself and worse, to doubt God.
But there is an answer for these specific seasons in our walk with God. David knew the answer. This is the time when he pressed into God. He cried out with all abandon. we can learn from him.
Peace comes when you believe in your heart that if there is some action to be taken or words to be spoken, God is big enough to make sure you know what it is. This requires a quietness inside that allows you to hear the voice of God.
It is not easy to trust God by being quiet within when the world is saying move forward; do it yourself; make a lot of noise. But God know that this stillness gives peace in our souls.
It is in this inward silence where we tell our souls to rest in God by trusting that He has a whole plan already laid out. This is where we connect with that quiet confidence. But how can we trust Him when our hope is dependent on worldly things? We must put our hope in God alone, otherwise the light that keeps our world hopeful will be snuffed out by worry and fear and doubt and we will be left in the darkness on our way to despair.
This verse tells us that in complete surrender and abandoning of our own self we find the freedom to put our hope in the One who created us and made our life of worth.
“Let all that I am” is the heart of this verse. It is to surrender the areas we recognize as being held back from the Lord and to ask the Lord to seek your heart and reveal the unsurrendered areas.
It is a frightening prospect, but so necessary.
Challenge: Approach the Lord with quiet lips and be open to surrender all. Ask Him to show you whatever is not surrendered to Him and then choose to lay it down.
The purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God." And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or crying, or pain, or death. Thus, Christian living requires us to set the standards of these conditions here on earth for our fellow human beings, and for the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. To do otherwise is not Christian.