Part 4: WAIT ON THE LORD
We live in a busy, noisy, tumultuous society. There are noise and constant demands for our attention every waking hour. There may not be any quiet place in our neighborhood where we can retreat to daily for prayer. Therefore we must find an inner solitude in the Lord's presence.
The prophet Elijah learned this lesson when he wearily fled into the wilderness after a battle. God first sent a wind and a storm, then an earthquake and finally fire. But God was not in the wind or the storm nor was He in the earthquake or the fire. Later there was “a still small voice.” God was found, not in the spectacular, but in the stillness. (Reference to 1 Kings 19)
“Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.” ( Psalms 27:14)
“Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him.” (Psalms 37:7)
“And therefore will the LORD wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you: for the LORD is a God of judgment: blessed are all they that wait for him.” ( Isaiah 30:18)
Fear opposes peace
In 2 Timothy 1:6‐7 it tells us that we must stir up the gift that is within us for God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.
Fear is a force that opposes peace. If you do not have peace, you will have fear ‐ the two cannot be in you at the same time. Peace is an umpire, which means it is a referee. Peace is the answer to all questions and problems. When you're in a situation, you are faced with all sorts of decisions and ask many questions. The reasoning, questioning and troubles of your mind will try to oppose peace. When this opposition is successful then the force of fear enters in. When fear takes root, peace is lost and faith is goes with it. Without faith it is impossible to please God (Hebrews 5:6).
His Word says that when you come to Him, you must believe that He is and that He is a Rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. If you go to God without faith, you are wasting your time and God's time. You need to have peace of mind knowing that there is a spirit of fear that wants to attack your mind with noisy questions. As soon as you receive a Spirit of peace, your mind’s questions are settled with finality. The peace that you receive will release the Spirit of faith and believing which releases the power of God; all troubles have to flee and questions will be answered. One of the major ways to have a sound mind is to learn how to wait upon God and then to learn how to be still in His presence.
1. Enter into your secret chamber, your closet. Find a quiet undisturbed place. Once you are alone before God "Shut the door". Block out all distractions and ask Holy Spirit to help you focus only on God.
2. Kneel or lay prostrate in the Lord's presence. (Only under real medical prohibition should you do otherwise. Kneeling or prostrate are worship positions). You need not be uncomfortable but neither should you be lazy in prayer. “Every knee shall bow…confessing Jesus as Lord.” (Philippians 2:10-11)
3. Make your mind a sanctuary. Take your thoughts captive in obedience to Christ Jesus, bind your mind to Jesus (2 Corinthians 10:5). Refuse to listen to the ruckus of confused voices reminding you of duties, tasks and obligations. Then silence them! Your mind is not a noisy playground. It is a sanctuary. Your mind is yours. Make it obey Jesus and allow no thought exalt itself in the knowledge that you have of God’s Word.
4. Slow down! Remember ‘relax’ is the word for ‘be still’ in Hebrew. Consciously loosen the tension of every muscle. It won't come naturally so work at learning to be quiet. “Study (force yourself) to be quiet.” 1 Thessalonians 4:11
5. Fix your eyes on Jesus - behold the beauty of the Lord. Like the angels in heaven and all the creatures before the Throne, present yourself to God in stillness. Imagine yourself prostrate at His feet before His Throne.
“Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. 29 He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. 30 Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 31 But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31)
Take it to God in prayer
“4 Rejoice in the Lord always [delight, gladden yourselves in Him]; again I say, Rejoice! 5 Let all men know and perceive and recognize your unselfishness (your considerateness, your forbearing spirit). The Lord is near [He is coming soon]. 6 DO NOT FRET OR HAVE ANY ANXIETY ABOUT ANYTHING, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God. 7 And GOD'S PEACE [shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ, and so fearing nothing from God and being content with its earthly lot of whatever sort that is, that peace] which transcends all understanding shall garrison and mount guard over your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:4‐7 AMP)
When you take your cares to God in prayer, the peace of God will guard your heart and mind.
“8 For the rest, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is worthy of reverence and is honorable and seemly, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely and lovable, whatever is kind and winsome and gracious, if there is any virtue and excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK ON and weigh and take account of THESE THINGS [fix your minds on them]. 9 Practice what you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, and model your way of living on it, and the GOD OF PEACE (of untroubled, undisturbed well‐being) WILL BE WITH YOU.” (Philippians 4:8‐9 AMP)
If you have the God of peace, you will have the peace of God ‐ you will have the whole package. If your mind is fixed on the good and away from the troubles, the peace of God will be in and with you. You will have power and faith will be released. All questions will finally be answered and settled. And the paths to take will be clear. Take it to God in prayer.
“And let the peace (soul harmony which comes) from Christ rule (act as umpire continually) in your hearts [deciding and settling with FINALITY ALL QUESTIONS THAT ARISE IN YOUR MINDS, in that PEACEFUL STATE] TO WHICH as [members of Christ's] one body YOU WERE ALSO CALLED [to live]. And be thankful (appreciative), [giving praise to God always]”. (Colossians 3:15 AMP)
God has given His people expressive commands to govern the turbulence of their own hearts and to receive the peace that He offers and expects them too. None stands out more evidently than Isaiah 30:15 "In quietness and confidence will be your strength and you would not..." It declares that the Lord's purpose is for His people to return to Him to find quietness and confidence before Him.
“Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still.” (Psalm 4:4)
“Be still and know that I am thy God...” (Psalm 46:10)
"…In quietness and confidence will be your strength..." (Isaiah 30:15)
“The effect of righteousness will be peace, And the result of righteousness will be quietness and confident trust forever.” (Isaiah 32:17)
“Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the peoples renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.” (Isaiah 41:1)
“and after the earthquake a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19:12)
“a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;” (Ecclesiastes 3:7)
“But the LORD is in his holy temple: Let all the earth keep silence before Him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
“And he arose and rebuked the wind and said unto the sea, Peace be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.”(Mark 4:39)
“…there was silence in heaven for about the space of a half hour.” (Revelation 8:1)
It is the mandate of God that we still ourselves before Him in order to find His peace and hear His voice.
God Bless you