The title of this blog comes from one of my favorite hymns."It is Well With My Soul"
When peace like a river attendeth my way
When sorrows like sea billows roll, Whatever my lot, Thou has taught me to say
It is well, it is well, with my soul
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Waiting, a Means Of Grace
I am reading a couple of books this summer, one of them is Broken Down House Living Productively in a World Gone Bad by Paul David Tripp. There are some books that take me time to go through, this is one of them. It is full of truths that you have to marinate in before you move on. I have not made much progress in this book since I came to this passage
"Waiting is one of God's most powerful tools of grace. God doesn't just give us grace for the wait. The wait itself is a gift of grace. You see, waiting is not only about what you will receive at the end of the wait. Waiting is about what you will become as you wait.
In calling us to wait, God is rescuing us from our own bondage to our own plan, our own wisdom, our own power, our own control. In calling us to wait, God is freeing us from the claustrophobic confines of our own little kingdoms of one and drawing us into a greater allegiance to his Kingdom of glory and grace. Waiting is more than being patient as situations and other people change. Waiting is about understanding that you and I desperately need to change, and that waiting is a powerful tool of personal change. God is using the grace of waiting to change us at the casual core of our personhood, the heart. Now that's a good thing"
If you are me, there are things in your life that you are waiting to change, this passage gives us the bigger picture of it all. Would you have thought God would use "the wait" as a means of change in your life. Just something to ponder. Have you seen this to be true in things that you have had to wait for?