Peace in the Stillness
After major highs come humbling lows. I have noticed that over the past few years, but it never ceases to amaze me that it often comes and goes with the passing of time, yet I never learn to expect it to happen.
Quite recently, after flying back from a missions conference, I was struck by some particularly concerning news, and knew I had to respond, but did not how. It was some of the most troubling moments I’ve experienced in quite some time.
Yet, merely days later, everything changed.
Reflecting on Scripture, there were similar moments in some of the greatest “heroes” of the faith, who undoubtedly had their own flaws and doubts, yet were commissioned by God to change the course of history.
As it says in the Book of Hebrews:
“And what more shall I say? I do not have time to tell about Gideon, Barak, Samson and Jephthah, about David and Samuel and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, administered justice, and gained what was promised; who shut the mouths of lions, quenched the fury of the flames, and escaped the edge of the sword; whose weakness was turned to strength; and who became powerful in battle and routed foreign armies. Women received back their dead, raised to life again. There were others who were tortured, refusing to be released so that they might gain an even better resurrection. Some faced jeers and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were put to death by stoning; they were sawed in two; they were killed by the sword. They went about in sheepskins and goatskins, destitute, persecuted and mistreated— the world was not worthy of them. They wandered in deserts and mountains, living in caves and in holes in the ground. These were all commended for their faith, yet none of them received what had been promised, since God had planned something better for us so that only together with us would they be made perfect.”
- Hebrews 11:32-40
Amazingly, in this brief text of Scripture, it shows that they were able to do all these things by faith, yet none received a reward! How often do we seek approval or admiration for the things we do, without realising it is by our faith that we are made perfect, and are continually leaning towards it.
We sometimes need to be reminded to take a pause and reflect on what God is doing, not what we need or must do to make things right.
Perhaps in the moments of reprose and stillness, God grants us peace in the waiting.