Be Still And Wait For Your Blessings

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Image result for Your BlessingsStories that I’ve been told about lifestyles in other countries lead me to believe that we Americans have a problem that is all our own. Since I can’t call it human nature, I will call it American nature.
It can go hand in hand with our need for instant gratification. It can also pair up well with our need to control or fix everything. In general, I’m talking about our problem with being impatient.
When we find ourselves in a situation that is a bit uncomfortable, we try our hardest to get out of it. Sometimes, we move so quickly that we realize (too late) that the new situation is even worse than the one we just left. We just didn’t take the time to carefully evaluate the consequences.
Genesis 26:3 gives us a few reminders about a better way to deal with our impatience.
Sometimes we have to wait
Genesis 26:3 tells us to “stay in this land for a while.” Even when we are not happy with where we are in life, there are times when it is better to stay still. We don’t know what God has in store for us, and we may never find out if we move too quickly.
We may not be extremely excited with our work environment. But, we do have a source of income. We may think we need a bigger house. But, our family is safe and warm. We may think we need a better car. But, we have reliable means of transportation. Have we really taken the time to appreciate the things we do have – the things that are truly considered luxuries in many other countries,
God is always with us
Everything that we endure has been allowed by God. He is always aware of our circumstances. God also reminds us in Genesis 26:3 that He will be with us. How quickly we forget when things take a turn for the worse that we can’t get away from God.
When we run into a financial challenge that appears to be beyond us, we often try to fix it anyway. It may be better if we chose to stay still. Exodus 14:14 tells us, “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (NIV)
Do we give God a chance to help us work through our problems, or do we only turn to Him after we make a bigger mess,
Granted, we may feel that we have been taken advantage of at work. We may feel that the creditors are not working with us. We may feel that we can just never get ahead because someone is always trying to hold us back.
David shares his thoughts on being still in Psalm 37:7. He writes, “Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” (NIV)
God will bless us
We don’t need to stress over the problems that other people try to bring our way. The third reminder in Genesis 26:3 is that God will bless us and confirm the oath He swore to Abraham. We are the descendants of an awesome promise. If we keep our eyes focused on God and not on our problems, He will direct us through those challenges and toward our promise.