When we’re stalled probably due to lingering illness, unanswered prayers, or any other trials in our lives, most often than not, we become restless, impatient in waiting, and even resent our situation and murmur in our hearts why God isn’t doing something. Sometimes it comes to a point where a feeling of rebellion is already brewing from the deep recesses of our hearts, and we become like the Israelites that were freed from bondage in Egypt: we look back and think about those days when we could do what we desired, savoring the pleasures that this world offered.
Just like the Israelites remembering the flavors of melons, leeks, cucumbers, onions and garlic, and forgetting the hard bondage that bent down their backs so that the Egyptians could tread on them – so, too, we remember the good times of our old lives, their relish and scents, but forgetting that part on how the Lord took us out of the miry clay in the bottom of that deep, dark pit that we had fallen into.
Often, this restlessness and discontent arise from our nursing of our own desires that are probably apart from the Lord’s. We believe that we’re supposed to be pursuing careers, setting up businesses, traveling, and doing those things that we believe we’re supposed to be doing. We think, and even believe, that what most people do, or what the world does, is the standard, and that we must be living within this standard.
Even though desiring to pursue these things in our lives – careers, businesses, travels, etc. – is really not a sin, we must remember that we are called to follow God’s standard for us, and not the world’s. That is, His will. We are called to surrender our lives to Him and cleave unto Him.
Our feelings of restlessness and resentment often come from our pulling away from God’s clasp, our de-surrendering of our lives. Sometimes we’re not even aware that we’re slowly de-surrendering. But we’re doing that when we’re constantly feeling discontented and we can no longer fully rest in Jesus.
But we must remember: we are not our own. We’ve been bought with a price*. This life that we live, we live for Him who had mercy on us, redeeming us from our sinful life.
Our wills are not the ones to be followed, but God’s plans and purposes for us.
The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. (psalm 37:23).
We are called to die to our selves. That means giving up our own personal desires and surrendering them to God.
For [we] are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people [i.e. God’s own]; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light. (1 Peter 2:9)
We remember the life of Anna (Luke 2:36-38). She was widowed after seven years of marriage. We would assume that she was still very young then, but she did not pursue this world’s pleasures, but her delight was in serving the Lord, praying and fasting night and day. With the kind of surrendered life she lived, she did not leave the temple. She was contented with the setup, with her servanthood, and with her whole life in God.
When feelings of restlessness, discontent, or impatience in waiting come, remember to re-surrender your lives to the Lord. Rest in Jesus and just cleave unto Him.
Therefore let those who suffer according to the will of God commit their souls to Him in doing good, as to a faithful Creator. (1 Pet. 4:19 NKJV)
- *See 1 Cor. 6:19-20
- Related posts: Finding Joy in Difficult Times; Fuller Joy; A Time of Anonymity
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