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Friday, July 18, 2008

Waiting on the Lord


July 18, 2008

WAIT . . . AND LISTEN
by Charles R. Swindoll

Read Esther 4:12--17; Isaiah 41:10, 13

During the three days of waiting, there is a "white space" when nothing is happening---at least nothing visible. You could easily tell yourself at the time, "I'm waiting in vain. Nothing's going to change." That's what the adversary wants you to think: "Waiting's a waste." Don't you believe it! When the enemy's message roams into your mind, you need to kick it out. Reject it. Look at another verse in Isaiah, just a few verses after the "eagle" verse.

Do not fear, for I am with you;
Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you, surely I will help you,
Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

For I am the LORD your God, who upholds your right hand,
Who says to you, "Do not fear, I will help you." (Isaiah 41:10, 13)

It's those kinds of thoughts that surely strengthened Esther while she was waiting, praying, and fasting for those three days. Mordecai did the same, as Esther had commanded. But now their roles were reversed. He was no longer in charge; she was. Or, better still, the Lord was. And as the Lord gripped her heart, she became unafraid of what she faced.

This may be one of those "white spaces" in your own life. Maybe it's time for you to pray and fast and to call upon a few close friends to fast and pray with you. Maybe it's time for you to say, "I'm not going to rush into this unpredictable and unprecedented situation. I can't find the path to walk. So I'm going to wait. In the meantime, I'm going to give it to God. I'm going to listen with a sensitive ear and watch the Lord's leading with a sensitive eye."

God counsels us with His eye. The eye makes no sound when it moves. It requires a sensitive, earthly eye to watch the movement of the eye of God---God's directions. All He may do is turn your attention in another direction. But that may be all you need. As you wait, listen. Pore over a favorite passage in His Word. Quietly give attention to His presence, and He gives you direction.

Taken from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives (Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved worldwide. Used by permission.




12 comments:

StaceyStace said...

But, I don't wanna wait. WAAA. Seriously, even though I whine like this, my Father really thinks I need patience and He is even willing to do what it takes to get it through my skull.

Great post, as usual!

Jill_in_AL said...

Thanks, Jenny, for a word for me. Just this week I talked with a friend about our joining together to seriously commit to pray/fast, etc. over our houses that are both for sale. She has already moved and is "carrying" an empty house that REALLY needs to sell; my family is waiting to sell so we can relocate w/in greater B'ham. I'm going to send this to her as we seek God toward our prayer partnership.

Blessings, JW

ocean mommy said...

Oh Jenny. thanks for sharing this today. I have been feeling a nudge to fast over a particular situation, we are in the waiting stage big time. :) God used you to confirm that in my heart.

See you soon!!

steph.

Kynn and Lorie Harris said...

Jenny,
Wow!!! My mother-in-law is in her final hours of life on this earth and I am sitting with her in the hospital. I went to Beth Moore's blog to pass some time and just "happened" to pick your name to click on. I have asked the Lord what can I learn, and he continually says, WAIT!!! Twice this day the message has now been, Wait and listen. He said it again in your blog post. He has used you today in my life. Please pray for my sweet mother in law that the Lord would usher her home!
Lorie Harris

Bev Brandon said...

I just love you to pieces Jenny Hope. And I love love love your heart for His Word....it will not come back empty in your life!!! Isaiah 55:11

Bethany said...

I was just looking at some of my other Siesta's on Beth's blog and I happen to open your precious blog. God has been doing this exact thing in my life for the past 6-8 months. I so needed to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing:) Every single thing in my life seems to be "on-hold" right now. It stinks, and its dang hard, but I will believe Him who is able.

Bethany said...

I was just looking at some of my other Siesta's on Beth's blog and I happen to open your precious blog. God has been doing this exact thing in my life for the past 6-8 months. I so needed to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing:) Every single thing in my life seems to be "on-hold" right now. It stinks, and its dang hard, but I will believe Him who is able.

Bethany said...

I was just looking at some of my other Siesta's on Beth's blog and I happen to open your precious blog. God has been doing this exact thing in my life for the past 6-8 months. I so needed to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing:) Every single thing in my life seems to be "on-hold" right now. It stinks, and its dang hard, but I will believe Him who is able.

Bethany said...

I was just looking at some of my other Siesta's on Beth's blog and I happen to open your precious blog. God has been doing this exact thing in my life for the past 6-8 months. I so needed to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing:) Every single thing in my life seems to be "on-hold" right now. It stinks, and its dang hard, but I will believe Him who is able.

Bethany said...

I was just looking at some of my other Siesta's on Beth's blog and I happen to open your precious blog. God has been doing this exact thing in my life for the past 6-8 months. I so needed to hear this. Thanks so much for sharing:) Every single thing in my life seems to be "on-hold" right now. It stinks, and its dang hard, but I will believe Him who is able.

Shonda said...

Hey Jenny--thanks for stopping by & to all God be the glory as His grace is amazing!

As you read, Isaiah 41:10 showed up for me 5 times last week, now this is 6 times. I've been writing it on an index card for each time so I can tape them around my home to see it and memorize it. It must be important for me in this season as I wait on Him and listen for which way I am to go.

Thanks for sharing this devotion by Charles Swindoll.

May the Lord bless you as you seek HIM and His Truth.

Engrafted by His Grace--

Ang baylis said...

Great words, Jenny! Especially since I had one of those fearful week-ends in regards to my son in England. I will wait, give it to God and listen. Thank you for your post!
Much love,
Angie xoxo