“Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for him”
I just love the word Faith and walking by faith. It opens up the possibility to do the impossible, to be the impossible.
I do not know about you, but my life started out to not believe that there would not be any future out there for me. Just living from day to day, taking what came in my way, and just surviving. Many today are living in a surviving modus.
It does not have anything to do with status, poverty or bad life circumstances. Statistics show that as much as 80 % of the population in countries with good economy struggle with this.
A high number don’t you think? So, if you feel like you are just surviving, you are not alone. But no matter how your situation is, there is a solution and a way to walk out and into a way of living with joy and purpose.
For many years I have loved architecture, different beautiful buildings to watch and with a purpose. I often drive past some wonderful buildings downtown in Orlando.
I am actually looking at them right now outside my window from the library I am at. Every time I see them, I think; they all started from a foundation brick by brick before they became these masterpieces. And that is also how we build things in our own life. We make a foundation brick by brick building our family, building our friendships, building our church life, building our workplace etc.
It all is done one brick at a time. And when we just focus on the brick that we need to put down, then the huge building we have as our goal suddenly do not seem so huge. It is just one brick at a time. And if we still are building the foundation, then we applaud that, because that is the most important part of the building. The stronger the foundation, the stronger the building will be, and the bigger the building are, the more effort and strength you will have to put into building the foundation. And with determination, and focus, we will reach our goal.
In life it does never make any difference where we are right now, or what we have accomplished so far in life. If it is good or bad, does not really matter, because it belongs to the past.
What matters, is what lies ahead of us, and what is in our heart to pursue. If you become satisfied with life right now, then you will never pursue to go beyond your recent victory, you will stop developing, stop growing. And you have more potential in you then to stop in life at one point and be satisfied. Be proud of what you have accomplished and reach out for new goals that make you dig out your fully potential in life.
We all find our self-having times where we are living in a surviving modus, and that is nothing to worry about. That is just the way life is with all its color. It is what we do in these times that matters, and that we do not stay in the modus of just barely making it to the next day.
I love the psalms because they are real, they talk about life’s roughness, how it gets to you, and your ups and downs. And it always glorifies God in the midst of it all. In the good times and in the bad times.
I read this morning psalm 39 and at first, I wondered what is he talking about here, so I had to read my Norwegian bible and see If I understood it correctly. And to me it sounded like David was in a surviving modus, but still He started talking about the value of the words we speak out. Living right, perusing out goals even when it is hard, even when it does not seems like anything is happening.
“Prayer for Wisdom and Forgiveness said:
I will guard my ways. Lest I sin with my tongue:
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.
I was mute with silence. I held my peace even from good.
And my sorrow was stirred up. My heart was hot within me:
while I was musing, the fire burned. Then I spoke with my tongue”
Then He pours out his heart to the Lord, asking him to show him the meaning of his life and why he is here. Talking about the business he sees around him, and the emptiness it gives him.
Take me out off this mess he prays. Lift me above because my hope is in you. He is praying both for himself and for others. It sounds like he finds him self in a surviving modus and ask the Lord to drag him out of it, to give him new strength and new vision for the future.
He has walked with the Lord all his life, but times of trouble and persecution has made him believing he is in a surviving modus, so in his prayer he says:
“Do not be silent at my tears;
For I am a stranger with you”
We all know that David was definitely not a stranger to God, and he had walked victoriously with God his whole life. But life gets hard sometimes, we all face difficulties and it can wear us out. And that is why I love this psalm so much.
David is one of the giants in the bible that are referred to as the great warrior and who accomplished so much in his life. More than the average man. He is also a man that is knows to have a special place in Gods heart. And still, this is what he writes, still this is how he in a season of his life feels. That gives us all hope, and it is the wonderful sentence in this psalm that says it all.
“And now, Lord, what do I wait for?
My hope is in you”
It is no longer we that are making it all come to pass in our own life or around us. It is our hope in the Lord. He is what makes it come to pass. But it is our choices in the midst of every days situation that determines if we allow him to be our hope.
It is the hope in Who he is, the almighty God, the creator of heaven and earth.
We have the choice to connect to this wonderful hope, and the hope is what his word says. The word work in us and through us. The Holy Spirit is our perfect friend, and the one who guides each step we take. And we can ask for all we need because that is what hope does.
A good definition of hope is; “a feeling of expectation and desire for a certain thing to happen.”
No matter where we are in life, we always can attach our life to hope in the Lord, it gives a good feeling of expectation and a desire for a certain thing to happen. And when we put goals in our life and combine it with hope, we find that the surviving modus gets blurred away as we walk through our new destination, within the desires of our heart.
“We walk by Faith, not by Sight.”
2 Corinthians 5.7