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Waiting on God’s Guidance

 

WAITING ON GOD’S GUIDANCE

By Carolyn Dale Newell

Be still, and know that I am God;

Psalm 46:10a

Exhaustion held me hostage. Physically, the insomnia had left me drained. Mentally and emotionally, two distinctly different dilemmas wreaked havoc in my mind.

A family member in a dire situation needed assistance. Should I help? How could I afford to help?

A major project stood at a crossroads. I needed to hear from God on which way to go. I felt trapped in a hallway with many doors, unsure which ones to open.

A dear friend texted me our focal verse.

Be still, and know that I am God; (Psalm 46:10a)

I clung to it like a hidden treasure unearthed. That was exactly what I needed to do.

First, I caught up on my sleep. A clear mind was necessary to hear what God was saying. I continued praying and seeking the Lord to confirm that He wanted me to tackle the project from another approach, almost starting over. Peace settled over me.

A few days later, I helped my family member with a monetary gift. Unsure about how I could make up for this expense, I acted in faith. My word for this year – faith.

And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

God worked both situations together…for good. Because the project met a delay, the funds I had set aside were not needed now. They equaled the amount I gave my loved one. That is so God! He took two unrelated problems and brought about good.

And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:19)

Let’s unpack Psalm 46:10 and understand what it means to “be still.” According to the International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, (www.blueletterbible.com( the word “still” in this particular verse means to “desist from war.” The same word translates differently in other verses, such as “silent” and “rest.”

While I needed the physical rest, I needed the war in my mind to cease. I don’t wait well, especially when I am waiting on God to direct my footsteps.

The battle had to be silenced, so I could reflect on God. God is larger than any problem. He owns the cattle on a thousand hills. He is sovereign. And I want His will and His way.

Sometimes, the doors God opens are the doors I would have closed.

I wouldn’t have made these choices, but because I was still. Because I waited. Because I allowed God to be God, instead of charging ahead. These are the doors He chose, and because it is God’s will, it is also mine.

Friend, do you need to sit quietly, waiting for God to open a door in your hall today? Let the battles hush. And know that He is God.

Lord God, help me focus on You, not the battles swirling around me. Help me make the time to meditate on You, and know that You are God. You are my provider. You are my shield. You are my counselor. I await Your answer. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Psalm 46.

HIKING THE TRAIL

I know how hard it is to step back and wait on God but memorize this verse. Write it down. Let God guide you into His open doors.

Copyright 2018 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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Throwback Thursday: What is Our Golden Calf

 

WHAT IS OUR GOLDEN CALF

By Carolyn Dale Newell

 

Now when the people saw that Moses delayed coming down from the mountain, the people gathered together to Aaron, and said to him, “Come, make us gods that shall go before us; for as for this Moses, the man who brought us up out of the land of Egypt,

We do not know what has become of him.”

Ex. 32:1 NKJV

Was it impatience and fear that led the Israelites down the path of idolatry with the golden calf? Did they search for new gods because they lost faith in the one, true God? Was crossing the Red Sea on dry ground a fading memory?

How quickly do we fall into the same patterns! In our fast paced world of conveniences, we expect things to move along quickly. When God delays in answering our prayers, we often take matters into our own hands. That is what happened when Abraham and Sarah grew weary waiting for God to give them the promised son. It did not work out good for them, and it did not work out good for these Israelites when they worshipped a golden calf.

We also fall prey to fear. Something comes along in our lives, and it causes us to fear. Many times, our fears are about the future.

It all comes down to trusting God. I have prayed about several things for many years. I get frustrated that the situations have never changed, but I know God has perfect timing, and He is in control of everything.

When I find myself falling into the “O ye of little faith” group, I remind myself of Who God is. I have to remember my “Red Seas” which He has brought me through. I recall His promises: promises to never leave me, promises to give strength and grace, and promises to supply my needs. Allow God’s promises to quiet your fears. Let’s be watchful that fear and impatience never lead us to the golden calf.

Dear heavenly Father,

Help us not fall into patterns of doubt, worry and fear. Thank You for being faithful to Your promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.

DIG DEEPER

Read Ex. 32:1-29.

HIKING THE TRAIL

Satan loves to create fear and worry for us. We see how far it went for the Israelites when they worshiped the golden calf. Which Bible verses can you memorize to remind yourself not to fall for the enemy’s tricks?

 

Copyright 2015 Carolyn Dale Newell.