Quotes to Ponder
Let God Be God
It seems our book collection just grows and grows. I'm always rearranging the books to find more room. Instead of finishing the rearranging, I always end up reading a book. Sound familiar? One of the books that I pulled out recently was Andrew Murray's Waiting on God. This book holds such a special place in my heart. I think it was three years ago that I came across it in an used bookstore. At that time the last thing I wanted to do was WAIT!
Things looked bad and I was falling apart on the inside and outside. I was having all sorts of medical problems that no one could explain; a dear friend was very sick; my house was in a mess; my children seemed so far from being those "model" homeschool children I heard so much about; we were struggling in the church we were attending; I had no close friends nearby. I don't think I need to go on.
I needed changes NOW! Waiting seemed impossible. I prayed all the time, crying and pleading with God for immediate results. For some reason I started using Waiting on God as my daily devotion. It was convicting, but when I came to the following quote I knew why the Lord had placed it in my hands at that time ...
Seek not only the help, the gift, seek Himself; wait for Him. Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting Him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honors Him greatly. It leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work. It yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God.
AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! I have seen answered prayer to the situations that I listed above. Some answers came immediately after I committed myself to waiting upon God and His timing and other answers have come just recently. Some answers were not as I expected, but were more than expected by giving me a peace & understanding. Whenever I feel anxious, I open Mr. Murray's book to the above quote and turn to my Bible to read Scriptures on "resting" and "waiting". I am reminded to wait upon God, to seek Him, to let God be God.
I guess I should get back to my bookshelf rearranging ... or maybe I'll just find another book to read and reminisce about.
Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. Cease from anger, and forsake wrath: fret not thyself in any wise to do evil. For evildoers shall be cut off: but those that wait upon the LORD, they shall inherit the earth. - Psalm 37:7-9
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Waiting on God
by Andrew Murray
One of the first books I received as a baby Christian was Andrew Murray's The Believer's New Life. Since that book, I have always been encouraged and challenged through his books. I found Waiting on God in an used bookstore when I was going through a very tough time. Once again, Mr. Murray's book sent me to my knees in prayer, to my Bible for study, and to seek God Himself. --Kathy Ridpath
"And all thy children shall be taught of the Lord;
and great shall be the peace of thy children."