Be Content In The Calm

October 24, 2012

We don’t always need to be flying high spiritually. We don’t always need to be fighting up front in the thick of the battle, thinking we must conquer each new hill immediately, striving to earn medals and crowns. If we race to the conflict ahead of the Commander’s orders, we will find ourselves sorry indeed.

The spiritual walk is not just about the battle, the glory, the conquest. It also entails the hum-drum, the calm, the rest, the lull. These spaces of time should also be an experience of joy. We should receive them with gratefulness and do what God is guiding us to do in that place –that is, take time to enjoy Him and others, to rest and relax, to reevaluate and examine ourselves, and to get menial things done that have been neglected. Much blessing can be found within these quieter days, and they are necessary to go on in vitality later.

Some people refuse to rest. It’s too lacking in glory for them. But God, because of His mercy, will make us rest eventually, for He uses such times to restore our souls. (Ps. 23:2,3) And being the forced rest usually comes by way of a trial we’d rather avoid, we’d do best to obey Him the moment He commands it.

What kind of people expect, or even demand, the constant thrill, the dramatic answers to prayer, and the sensational signs and wonders? Jesus informs us that those who crave such things are wicked and adulterous. (Matt. 16:4) Such people are those who, like the Pharisees who asked Jesus to show them a sign from Heaven (v. 1) –even though, miraculously, he’d just fed 4,000 people with seven loaves and a few small fish (15:34)– have an insatiable lust for sensationalism and proof, but still refuse to believe. (16:3,4 // Acts 28:23-27)

Instead, we are to walk the commanded path in calmness, in joy, in rest, in strength, in patience, in contentment, and in trust. We are not to fret when things go differently than we expect, for this leads only to evil. (Ps. 37:7,8) We are to petition God, but we are to also refrain from telling Him to hurry up with what He’s promised. (Isa. 5:19) God does notable miracles for those who have eyes to see, but it seems He also does them “naturally” –as if, for the same reason He used parables (Matt. 13:10-16), He chooses to hide His ways and truths from the wicked.

May we, therefore, repent of all wickedness, of all expectations induced by the desire to please our senses, and of all unfaithfulness toward God. May we go when He tells us to go, may we speak or refrain from speaking as He commands, and may we rest and wait without fretting, contentedly worshipping at His footstool in full trust.

with love,

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