Pondering, praying and believing God’s promises.
Have you ever come across a verse or section in the Bible that you thought maybe God is showing you something special, but you’re not sure how to apply it to your present situation?
Like you, it’s happen to me numerous times, yet because we “see through a glass darkly” (1 Cor 13:12 KJV) we have no clear idea what God is really saying. Thus it takes time to ponder and pray what you believe is a personal promise from God for you in a given situation.
It’s also known as “waiting upon the Lord” which begs the question, is waiting a passive or active verb?
Both can be true.
(See biblical examples at bottom.) Each example points out our need to wait upon the Lord to ponder what is He saying today as well as what does His Word say in general about how we are to respond to Him and trust Him in all situations.
Now for a personal example: When we lived in Houston Texas God blessed us with a lovely three bedroom two bath 1200 square-foot house that included a single attached garage. For some people that might seem inadequate for a family of five but compared to our previous house in Columbia MO, it was one bedroom and one bathroom larger and it came with an attached garage that saved us from running from an outside garage during the many ferocious downpours in Houston.
Furthermore, we were less than 15 minutes from the Houston Medical Center where two of our daughters would be in battles for their lives during the first year that we lived there. (Someone remind me to write two separate blogs about God’s miraculous intervention in both Betsy and Kelly’s lives.)
Consequently, we were content and happy for the wonderful house The Lord gave us. Nevertheless, one day I came across a less known verse from a much more strategic passage in Isaiah 49, the heart of the missionary book of the Old Testament where major emphasis is given to Isaiah 49:6 “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant to restore the tribes of Jacob and bring back those of Israel I have kept. I will also make you a light for the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”
What a great promise for each one of us to believe!
A few verses later I also pondered the potential significance of vs 20:
“The children born during your bereavement will yet say in your hearing, ‘This place is too small for us; give us more space to live in.’”
Our third daughter, Kelly, was born in Houston after our shock and dismay in Columbia when we learned that Betsy had profound special needs. (Someone remind me to write that episode as a separate blog.)
Thus I occasionally wondered if and when the Almighty would ever utter those words from Kelly’s lips as a confirmation of when the Spirit might lead us to a future home and ministry.
And so it happened one day when Kelly was three years old playing with her big sisters. I stood in amazement and asked her, “what did you say?”
Just like a line from the movie, Field of Dreams, about how others would eventually experience God’s rest while an angelic team plays baseball on a rural Iowa farm, I knew God was telling us it was ok to move to Fayetteville NC for the next chapter in our missionary career.
FYI: Field of Dreams has three of the best redemptive analogy scenes that neeDyou will ever see in a movie. This is one of them.
Is the Spirit ready to redeem a promise He’s given you in the Bible
“They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Isaiah 40:31 (KJV)
Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.“ Ps 27:14 (passive)
“I wait for the Lord, my whole being waits, and in his word I put my hope. I wait for the Lord more than watchmen wait for the morning, more than watchmen wait for the morning.” Ps 130:5,6 (active)
“I have calmed and quieted myself, I am like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child I am content.” Ps 131:2
Moses answered them, “Wait until I find out what the Lord commands concerning you.” Numbers 9:8
Gideon replied, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, give me a sign that it is really you talking to me. Please do not go away until I come back and bring my offering and set it before you.”
And the Lord said, “I will wait until you return.” Judges 6:17-18
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10….looks passive until you ponder how the Lord revealed a unique battle strategy to David:
“(Wait until) As soon as you hear the sound of marching in the tops of the Balsam trees, move quickly, because that will mean the Lord has gone out in front of you to strike the Philistine army.” 2 Sam 5:24