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Daily Devotional – Tuesday, May 18, 2021
“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him. 6 He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will not be shaken. 7 My victory and honor come from God alone. He is my refuge, a rock where no enemy can reach me. 8 O my people, trust in him at all times. Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:5-8, NLT)
I have been a self-confessed problem solver most of my life. In the past, when I have come across a difficulty, my natural ‘go to’ has been to consider all the variables and then set-out the most logical solution. But not all problems can or should be handled this way. The problem with being a problem-solver, is that my most natural tendency is to ‘trust in my own understanding.’ God has lead me on a journey of increased dependence on him; I wish I could say that I am now fully 100% trusting him in all things, but to be honest, the journey continues.
I am learning and have definitely grown in the right direction over the years. In the past, it was not until I was literally forced to face a challenge for which I could see no solutions, that I finally would focus my gaze heavenward. These days, I have learned to come to him on a regular basis—not waiting until I am in full-on panic mode, but in quiet expectation. I am learning to put the psalmist’s words to work, “Let all that I am wait quietly before God.”
All that I am. My mind. My perseverance. My creativity. My heart. My anxiety. My….all! When we are faced with an insurmountable wall, we are not directed to give up in despair nor are we told to rally our determination to push through. We are told to wait quietly…hope in God…trust in him at all times and pour out our hearts to him.
In the midst of your difficulties today, where is your focus? Stewing in self-pity? Determinedly pushing your own way through? Or pouring out your heart to the one who sees both the difficulties and the plan he is working through them? The need to wait quietly applies to all of us and to every situation we may face. God has promised to ‘direct our paths,’ but we won’t hear him until we stop…quiet ourselves…and listen!
~ Pastor Jane
First licensed for pastoral ministry in 1994, Pastor Jane Peck has served in camp and church ministries in three denominations, five provinces and in a variety of roles. Her most recent position is that of Pastor at Hope Chapel which she began in 2020. She is excited to see what God can and will do in the days to come!