“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.”
Waiting is hard, especially here in NYC. You’ll wait…
- For the subway train to get to your stop (or even worse, when you’re stuck in a subway car that’s being “held in the station”)
- In line a the DMV (aka “Hell on Earth”), hoping for your name to be called
- For your favorite burger at lunch that’s taking longer than expected
It can be even harder to wait on God…
- When you ask for a new job or career path – and it feels like there’s no answer
- When you need a big break in your finances and you feel like you’re not getting relief
- When you have a really BIG decision and you’re not sure what the right choice is
One of the biggest dangers when we feel like God is silent in our lives is to try and be God and answer for Him in the midst of the silence. By default, I am a control freak and am guilty of this many times – trying to work on my own benefit without God’s help or leading. But from personal experience, this only leads to stress, frustration and burnout.
In those moments, remember that Jesus’ words to his disciples back then still apply to us today: “Remain in me, and I will remain in you…” Another translation of this verse uses the word “abide,” which essentially means to keep in fellowship with Christ so that His life can work in and through us to produce fruit.
When God is silent – when you feel like you’re waiting on God – the best thing you can do is to stop, relax, and remain in God.
I challenge you to spend an extended amount of time in prayer – waiting – and reading God’s Word. Set your alarm clock a few minutes earlier, or turn the TV off and seek God. He is there in the midst of silence. He is there in the midst of tough decisions. God’s Word and His promises are true and made available to you.
Remain in God, and he will remain in you…
Mike Cooper is The Pastor of Journey Queens – he already wrote a devotion, but people were clamoring for more (also, we were short one devotion ;)). If you’re in Queens, attend a service there: www.JourneyQueens.com/Sunday.