“Even when the cloud continued long, many days above the tabernacle, the children of Israel kept the charge of the Lord and did not journey.” Numbers 9:19
Waiting on the Lord is a difficult thing to do. In our inactivity we tend to think that nothing is being accomplished, and yet if we chose to let our thinking wander in that direction we put the actions of man above the complete and total work of the Lord. As the Israelites wandered in the desert they had a physical sign as to when to go and when to stay – a cloud that hung above the tabernacle. And, even though their sign was so clear, they too had a hard time waiting in peace instead of letting anxious fear take over.
In starting to read Ezekiel this morning I came upon the following verse and it struck me as to the importance of just sitting and waiting on the Lord.
“Then I came to the captives...,and I sat where they sat, and remained there astonished among them seven days.” Ezekiel 3:15
How was Ezekiel even to know or understand the plight of the people he had been sent to proclaim the word of the Lord to if he did not take the time at the forefront to experience their plight, to study the obstacles they encountered daily, to understand the human reasoning behind what these people were doing, and to experience the pain these people were feeling in their hearts? He could not, and therefore he had to sit, watch, and wait. He had to learn and see what God had to show Him and then when God revealed that time of waiting was over, he needed to be ready to step out in faith into the lives of the people he had been observing.
How blessed we are when God calls us to live for Him and to be a light in this dark world. He doesn't throw us to the wolves and let us fend for ourselves as we usually think will be the end result of being called into dark and wicked places. Instead He makes sure we have the time to be prepared (if we take heed and use the time and training He has given us in a proper manner). Waiting, watching, and listening – that is what prepares our hearts and minds for all God will eventually call us into. The key to staying and learning though is trust.
Trust is what keeps the stance firm. Trust is what gives a person the strength to watch and learn without jumping in and trying to solve the problems we see before we have been asked to move. Trust does not take into account understanding on the human level and what we can plan out to personally solve all the injustices around us. Trust instead only acknowledges that God is present in everything we have been able to observe and learn from. And, when the time is right, God alone will set the perfect path for us into those things we have been careful to be prepared to battle against. Then without a doubt the promises of the Lord will be true and His victory will be accomplished.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6