Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Wait for the Lord.

Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
Psalm 27:14

I have been reading "Keep a Quiet Heart" by Elisabeth Elliot. It has been just what my soul needed in light of a few recent circumstances.

"Waiting requires patience - a willingness calmy to accept what we have or have not, where we are or where we wish we were, whomever we live or work with.

To want what we don't have is impatience, for one thing, and it is to mistrust God. Is he not in complete control of all circumstances, events, and conditions? If some are beyond His control, He is not God.

A spirit of resistance cannot wait on God. I believe it is this spirit which is the reason for some of our greatest sufferings. Opposing the workings of the Lord in and through our "problems" only exacerbates them. It is the here and now that we must win our victories and suffer defeats. Spiritual victories are won in the quiet acceptance of ordinary events, which are God's "bright servants" standing all around us."

Elisabeth Elliot

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