From Pastor’s Desk: 9-6-15
I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him. – Isaiah 8:17 (NIV)
One of the things about waiting upon the LORD is acknowledging that there are many times when we don’t feel God’s presence. Our prayers seem to be dry words that stick to the ceiling of our rooms and go no further; our acts of devotion are performed more out of ritual than passion. This sensation is not unusual in Scripture. There are seasons when it seems that God is hiding his face. Will we put our trust in him then? Will we faithfully wait in the silence of God? (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
In times of frustration, exasperation, despair, and fear, Scripture is the only source from which we can receive strength. When emotions are fickle or even non-existent, the principles in God’s word one has learned through the years will sustain in the darkest hours. Those are the times when it seems God is “…hiding His face from the descendants of Jacob.” Embedded truth will carry you when nothing else will.
When you can do nothing but wait before the Lord, when all else has no affect, when earthly wisdom will not suffice, when you “feel” no love or compassion, when you don’t care, and further, don’t care that you don’t care, only God’s word will effect enough within you.
That is when He is holding you in His hand (Ps 37:24). Those are times that teach us to trust in the Lord and lean not on our own understanding and acknowledge the Lord (Proverbs 3:5-6).
Admittedly, those times come usually after the fact. That is, after we’ve been through the storm and realized that it was God that sheltered us from it. Or, after we’ve passed through the fire and realize that there is not even a smell of smoke on us due to God’s protection. Maybe a huge obstacle in your path was overcome because God was going before you and making a way where there seemed to be none.
Consequently, then, in all of life’s situations, sometimes all we can do is simply wait for the Lord. But, upon the authority of God’s word, we have the promise that we never be disappointed!