Victory in the Silence!
So often we feel like we must say something to justify our cause. We must always have a response. If we are not doing something then we are doing nothing. There are times that is true, but it isn’t always the case. Jesus expressed words like ‘rest’ and ‘abide’ and associated them with our relationship with Him.
Note from Kip…
The battle doesn’t turn on our contribution to the war. As a matter of fact, our contribution is meager in contrast to what the Lord brings forth into the battle. God’s people fleeing from Egypt were reminded of this truth.
The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.
Exodus 14:14 (HCSB)
There is a real danger in being over zealous. There are even times when the Lord would prefer that we sit in silence while He make His power and majesty known.
“Stop your fighting — and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” Yahweh of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold.”
Psalms 46:10-11 (HCSB)
Our Part Comes First
There is a consistency to the way that God directs us on our path. If you pay attention this pattern becomes obvious in both the Old and New Testaments.
The way it works is that God calls us to a task. We respond with acknowledgement of that task. The next thing that needs to come next in almost every single case, is that we in faith, act on our commitment to that task, knowing full well that the victory is not within the scope of our abilities. That first step forward, is what God waits for.
He calls His chosen to step out in faith, then He acts.
Case in point, the Jordan was overflowing its banks and the Lord told the priests to step into the edge of the water. Immediately upstream from the point where God’s people were, the water piled up against an invisible dam and they were able to cross the Jordan.
God called on Moses to do something, when Moses did, God followed through with the victory as Moses stood back.
Joshua was called to step forward and encircle Jericho in a specific manner an upon completing the prescribed instruction of the Lord, victory was in their hands immediately.
The over zealous execution of the Lords direction can get us in trouble as well, because doing more than what we are directed to do is not doing what God calls us to do. Example, Moses when told to strike the stone once to release the water from it, in his anger at the people struck the stone twice. This resulted in the Lord’s punishment of Moses that forbid him from entering the land of promise. Moses was limited to only viewing it from the hills adjacent to it.
It’s about trust
Really both faith and trust.
God wants us to have faith in Him, complete faith. Then exercising that faith and backing it up with complete trust that He will do as He says He will. He wishes us to step into our calling. Not running past it. If He calls us to strike it once, we strike it once.
Make Your ways known to me, Lord; teach me Your paths. Guide me in Your truth and teach me, for You are the God of my salvation; I wait for You all day long.
Psalms 25:4-5 (HCSB)
See that pause in there? “I will wait for You all day long.” And arguably, all night, the next, the next, and the next day; if that is what he calls us to do.
It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the Lord.
Lamentations 3:26 (HCSB)
Taking the first action is often what God expects of us and once we’ve demonstrated our resolve to His command He acts.
But I will look to the Lord; I will wait for the God of my salvation. My God will hear me.
Micah 7:7 (HCSB)
The Lord has the victory in His hand. We must act upon his direction but always rest in the assurance that He’s won the victory.
But those who wait for the Lord who expect, look for, and hope in Him will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings and rise up close to God like eagles rising toward the sun; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.
Isaiah 40:31 (AMP)
There is victory in silence, when our faith is fully engaged and we have demonstrated our willingness to commit to His direction in our lives.
No, in all these things we are more than victorious through Him who loved us.
For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!
Romans 8:37-39 (HCSB)