“O our God, will you not judge them? For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are upon you.” 2 Chronicles 20:11-12 (NIV)
Confusion is Satan’s handiwork. Indeed, he is the author of it. He loves for us to remain frozen and uncertain because when we are, we are not going forward. It halts our progress, paralyzing us in our treks and making us ineffective for kingdom works. All too often, when the path remains fuzzy, we murmur and grieve, sinking into despondent despair as in quicksand. This is not becoming for a child of the King. We must learn to look up, discipline our emotions and do the next right thing through His power and for His glory, Amen? To be sure, anxiety and frustration are never the will of God and they dull the light of the saint which is used to point others to Christ. God does not delight in the wringing of our hands in despair. We must learn to fix our eyes on Jesus and rest secure in Him and His love and promises for us, even, or perhaps particularly, as heaven remains silent.
When we do not know which direction to go, it is best to simply wait on the Lord, as David tells us in Psalms 27: “Wait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.” King David strengthened himself to wait on the Lord’s direction and deliverance. As we know, sometimes God answers, “Yes”; sometimes God answers, “No”; and sometimes God answers, “Wait”. And His timing is always perfect, whether we agree with it presently or not. One fine day we will. It will all become pristinely clear. Pristinely.
God always leads, guides and directs His own yet oftentimes we must patiently pray and wait for the fullness of His timing to come. All the while, He is working in the wait – in and on and through us and others. That is why we must continue keeping His ways until further ways open up for us. And the manner in which we wait is as important as the wait itself. We are not to grow weary in the work even if we must wait a long time for the answer. His desire is for us to “shine like stars in the universe” as we continue doing the next right thing for His glory and for our good. Prove faithful. It is a great folly to lose heart in prayer and run ahead as persevering prayer is always the proper path which God has both ordained and directed us to take in the wait.
“Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, “This is the way; walk in it.” Isaiah 30:21 (NIV)