Wait for God Alone – Part 2
“Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.” (Psalm 62:8 NIV)
Be calm and don’t interfere with God. To live the Christian life, we need “God alone.” It’s remarkable what God can do if we don’t interfere with his plans but allow him to receive the glory. It’s easy to be like Jacob and pray for help and then make our own plans (Genesis 32:6-21). Trusting is living without scheming, and we aren’t smart enough to make better plans than God makes. In the original Hebrew text of Psalm 62, the world translated “only” or “alone” is used in verses 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 9. When Jesus announced his coming death, Peter interfered with his plans (Matthew 16:21-23), and in the garden, Peter drew his sword and tried to deliver Jesus (John 18:1-11). To interfere with God’s plans is to rob ourselves of the best blessings he has planned for us.
This entire psalm tells us to focus entirely on the Lord, for he is our rock (vv. 2, 6, 7), our refuge (vv. 7-8), our salvation (vv. 1, 2, 6, 7), our defense (vv. 2, 6), and our glory (v. 7). Jesus is the Lord of our time, so be patient and wait on him. He is the Lord of our speech, so be silent and don’t advise him. He is the Lord of our plans, so let him have his way. The future is your friend when Jesus is your Lord.
-Warren Wiersbe (excerpted from the devotional book Old Testament Words for Today)
If you’ve been trusting God and hanging on, but you’re starting to run out of juice, be still and continue to wait for the Lord! He will see you through in your trial, he will provide that guidance you need, he will meet that financial need you have, he will bring back your wayward child. And as God’s peace is reestablished in your soul, you will be able to say, “It is well with my soul! I’m not going to take this thing into my own hands. I’m not going to rush or get into a panic mode. Instead I will wait on God!”
Read Psalm 62:7-12.