A Prayer of Dependence on Independence Day

Pardon me for the abrupt lengthy silence. I yearned to write for the longest time, but I opted to wait.  I believe I just had to wait. I was at a period of restlessness since the month of March up until May — a span of time wherein I totally wrestled with the Lord.  And gradually… He shunned my doubts, silenced my fears, and relieved the intense anxiety.

 
I was only able to slowly overcome the struggle, not because I was good enough. Instead, I guess was merely honest enough to express my need to depend on the Lord.  My restlessness only turned to a phase of rest, when I said “yes” to God and let loose the nets I’ve tightly held on to (cf. Luke 5:1-11).

 
“Teach me your way, O  Lord, and I will walk in your truth; give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name.” (Ps. 86:11 BNIV)

 
This passage I meditated on last night, I believe, sums up what I’ve been desperately asking the Lord to teach me these past few months. Despite my seemingly sad tone, I’m actually excited to share further and could probably write on tonight just to clarify the context.  But I’ll reserve my stories in the coming days and weeks. Bear with me some more.

 
For now, I just need to take a break and to contemplate on this new direction that God has set before me.  If you may (especially if you’re one of my friends), please include me in your prayers. Pray that I would simply delight in the Lord and joyfully obey Him with an undivided heart. Just like what King David prayed for in Psalm 86.

 
Thank you and God bless you, my dear friends! Expect to hear more from me soon. 🙂

Encouragement in this “Waiting Season”

In my personal “waiting season”, this Scripture passage has always been God’s encouragement.  May the truth of this psalm minister to you as well. 🙂

“I waited patiently for the LORD;

He turned to me and heard my cry.

He lifted me out of the slimy pit,

out of the mud and mire;

He set my feet on a rock

and gave me a firm place to stand.

He put a new song in my mouth,

a hymn of praise to our God.

Many will see and fear the LORD

and put their trust in Him.”

— Psalm 40:1-3

“Do Not Fear!”

People close to me know that I am currently within a “waiting season” in my faith journey.  I am waiting on the Lord for  quite a number of personal reasons and in many aspects.

“It’s tough” as a response, in case you’d ask about how I am now may sound a cliche.  But indeed it is — it’s tough.  But similar to any tunnel, it will end at some point.  The Lord will shed light on the things I’ve been inquiring of Him about, and I’m quite ecstatic about where all these will lead to.

On top of my circumstances, God proves Himself to be in control.  I just adore how He reassures me through His Word, His Spirit and through the love (and corrections) from people that surround me.  And I’m utterly awestruck by how He moves.

In relation to my current situation, God used this article to encourage me to press on with boldness and with rock solid faith in Christ Jesus.  It was sent by a good friend and mother of one of my students.  In addition, it was written by one of my loved ministers, Pastor Chuck Swindoll.

I would like to share this to you, and I do pray that you’d delight in the blessed hope that we have in the Lord, regardless where you may be in your life journey.

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“Do Not Fear!”

by Charles R. Swindoll

Read:  Exodus 12:31–14:14

Humanly speaking, predicaments are terrible experiences. If you stay in one long enough, you will begin to question the very roots of your faith. By and by you’ll begin to look for someone to blame; usually it’ll be somebody in leadership.

That’s why I am extremely impressed with Moses’ response. He didn’t say, as most are prone to say, “God helps those who help themselves.”  People think that familiar saying comes from the Bible. It doesn’t.  It’s from the pit. No, God helps the helpless!

Note Moses’ more biblical response in verse 13: “Do not fear!” What strange counsel. Can’t you hear his fellow Israelites? “Hey, Moses, the Egyptians are around the corner. They’ve got chariots and bows and arrows and pointy spears. And you’re saying, ‘Don’t fear’? What’s the matter with you, man? Do you need a change in your eyeglass prescription? Can’t you see they’re coming? God, save us from this near-sighted shepherd!”

“Oh, I see them fine,” Moses replied. “But I’m still saying to you, ‘Don’t fear!’ ”

But Moses isn’t done. After telling them not to be afraid, he has a second piece of counsel for his followers: “Stand still.” And a third: “Watch.” And a fourth: “The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent.”

Now, there’s a prescription for people in an inescapable predicament!  Don’t be afraid, stand still, watch God come through, quit talking.  The hardest is the fourth, because we just have to complain or tell somebody what a predicament we’re in. But God doesn’t need to be informed. He knows the predicament. He is simply waiting for us to calm down and keep silent.

When you are in a cul-de-sac, led by God to that tight place, it is there you will discover some phenomenal surprises designed just for you. That’s why Moses said, “Look, let’s stand still. There’s a great blessing here for us that we’ll miss if we turn tail and run.”

You know the common response to panic? First, we become afraid. Second, we run. Third, we fight. Fourth, we tell everybody.

God’s counsel is just the opposite. Don’t be afraid. Stand still. Watch Him work. Keep quiet. It’s then that He does His best work on our behalf. He takes over! He then handles our predicament opposite the way we’d do it. The Lord is tapping His foot, waiting for us to wait.

Excerpted from Charles R. Swindoll, Great Days with the Great Lives

(Nashville: W Publishing Group, 2005). Copyright © 2005 by Charles

R. Swindoll, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.