Now stand quietly before the Lord as I remind you of all the great things the Lord has done for you and your ancestors. 1 Samuel 12:7 NLT
Doing anything quietly is completely counter to my nature, standing quietly before the Lord even more so. When I stand before the Lord I usually have a laundry list of things to chat about, to ask Him about, to wonder about, to worry aloud about; a lengthy list of those things most in need His help in my life. Not quiet.
But this verse gave me pause. My list of questions, wonderings, and “help me!” items are usually driven by my fear, my worries, my wanting things to be better or at least different. They are often centered on wanting everything to be taken care of my way in my timing.
They are not classified as standing quietly before my Lord, remembering all He has already done for me and for my ancestors, both physical and spiritual.
I don’t know about you, but I need reminding. I need my eyes refocused on His resume, His nature, His track record.
He is faithful, He keeps His promises, and His timing is perfect.
Don’t get me wrong, I know God is there to hear all of my ramblings and worries, ready to listen, ready to comfort, but this reminder, this invitation to pause and remember is a crucial part of the equation. Standing quietly implies being focused and ready to receive, ready to listen. Not distracted. Not coming with my piece to say. Not coming to be heard, but to listen, to hear, to remember.
Dear Lord, You are faithful. Always. Please quiet my soul as you help me remember. Remind me of how, time and time again, you have cared for me, loved me, forgiven me. Remind me of all You have done and open my eyes to all you are doing in my life and my circumstances right now. Thank you for who You are and all You have done. In Jesus’ name, Amen.