Trust, Give Thanks -AND Please Be Seated!

There is a time for every purpose under heaven.

Years ago we lost track of a black and white photo of me as a very
little boy, sitting in a barber’s chair getting my very first haircut!

My Dad and a close friend of his who happened to be a barber were in
the pic with me. They were smiling. I was crying my eyes out!! But
from early-on I realized things could get far worse if I jerked around
and moved while in the chair.

In the present economy (or lack of one) or perhaps due to your
marriage failing, your kids far from following the Lord, your health
or that of a loved one taking a dive, or perhaps this is your first or
second Thanksgiving without a loved one present… for SO many reasons
you might feel a deep drive to take the all-too-typical “fight or
flight” option.

I understand, been there myself on more than one occasion and I expect
I’ll be there again.

But there’s a third option and it’s one we don’t at times consider.

Let me also preface this with clarity- I don’t mean sitting frozen
like a deer in the headlights, or apathetic to the extent you don’t
move when you really should move due to God calling you to do so.

Anyhow, that third option is where God often does His best work in us:

Sit still.

The psalmist writes (in 46.10) “He says, ???Be still, and know that I am God…”

Further, Jesus asks us “Can all your worries add a single moment to
your life?” (Luke 12.25)

And then what strikes me deeply are two other most important thoughts
from God’s Word:

Isaiah 40.31 “Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get
tired, They will walk and not become weary.”

and

Isaiah 30.15 “For thus the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel, has said,
“In repentance and rest you will be saved, In quietness and trust is
your strength.” But you were not willing, 16 And you said, “No, for we
will flee on horses,” Therefore you shall flee! “And we will ride on
swift horses,” Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.

OUCH!

We are all so like Israel aren’t we?

Rather than sit still, seek God, in faith trust and obey, we play the
fight (sometimes with God, sometimes with one another, on occasion
with both!) or flight game.

Here God is prophesying that Israel needs to repent. Sometimes so do
you and I, so do we. If so, let’s get at it!

But note- “… and REST you will be saved (or “delivered”). Indeed.

It’s not screaming, squirming, trying to escape by bloodying
somebodies nose, it’s not by thinking you can “flee on horses” to
escape the difficulties by your own intelligence or strength. In fact,
God is telling His people worse things will come upon them by doing
so.

Rather, He tells them to repent, and that “in quietness and trust is
your strength”! Not fight, not flight, not your own ability to think,
talk or bargain your way out of the difficult circumstances nor out of
the dealings God either orchestrates or allows so that you (and I) can
grow… but in sitting still, in quietness and trust, THIS is where
true rest comes from, true peace of mind in the middle of the storm.

It’s SO easy to write these words, not at all easy to walk them out in
the middle of the sometimes harsh, blowing winds.

No matter the weather- truth doesn’t change. Yet God’s truth can and
will work gracious, satisfying change in us if we are -willing-.

Those five, sad, horrid words God speaks via Isaiah are what we must
avoid: “but you were not willing”.

God, help us come to you with our needs, burdens, hurts, fears, and a
truly thankful heart this Thanksgiving.

Cause us to be willing… that Your will be done in us. You know our
needs and are faithful for you never change.

Help us to be willing to BE changed more and more into the likeness of
our Lord Jesus!

Remember, there are times to fight, times to run… and absolutely
times to sit still.

Thanks for visiting, Blessed Thanksgiving, -Glenn

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