PS: 37:3-5, 7, 23-24, 39-40
Trust in the Lord, and do good;
so you will live in the land, and enjoy security…
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you the desires of your heart…
Commit your way to the Lord;
trust in him, and he will act…
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him;
do not fret over those who prosper in their way,
over those who carry out evil devices….
Our steps are made firm by the Lord,
when he delights in our way;
though we stumble, we shall not fall headlong,
for the Lord holds us by the hand…
The salvation of the righteous is from the Lord;
he is their refuge in the time of trouble. The Lord helps them and rescues them;
he rescues them from the wicked, and saves them,
because they take refuge in him.
The Thirty-Seven Psalm is one of my favorites. Whenever life throws another undesirable obstacle my way, the words from this passage come to mind.
Being an occasional over-achiever, I sometimes fall prey to the humanistic view that life is a formula. If I do A and B plus C, then life will generate D. However, overtime reality eventually teaches us life is not a predictable formula. You can push all the correct buttons, but life’s results are not a scheduled software program with predetermined results already in place. The many unknown options and variables allow multiple outcomes. We may hold personal expectations, but most of those outcomes are controlled by others outside our influence.
So, is there a better way than to work harder, manipulate more, call on favors, beg key influencers, practice superstitious rituals, and strive ourselves until sheer exhaustion?
The writer of Psalms 37 not only believed but witness countless life circumstances that says yes. As a long-term apprentice of Jesus Christ, I likewise witness countless events in people’s life where an outside, invisible hand changed outcomes while regenerating a person’s spirit. This invisible hand has come known to me as the Triune God – Father God, Lord Jesus, and Holy Spirit.
Now instead of continually mastering all the human tools for success, health, and happiness, I rather lean on an Eternal One whose ways are often considered foolish in the eyes of humanity. To waste time with God rather than pursue one’s goal doesn’t make sense I’ve been told over and over again. But life’s outcomes prove otherwise.
If you haven’t done so yet, why not put Father-Son-Spirit to the test? This next month make the intentional purpose to waste time with God. Go to the beach, ride a bike, take a trip to the park, and focus your mind, body, and soul toward listening and communicating with Him. Don’t expect any specific results, instead wait until the end of the month and reflect on what just happened. If you are honest with yourself, you will be pleasantly surprised, and want to repeat the process over and over again.
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