Just be quiet and pray…..
oops….I knew I’d heard from the Lord. I saw the words written on the forefront of my mind and I felt those words impressed upon my heart. ‘Just be quiet and pray.’
I also felt a panic in my gut and an urgency to do the exact opposite! My flesh was wanting SO BADLY to speak up! “Speak up, hurry up and say something or else how in THE WORLD will change ever come? Who will say something to help change these circumstances? Tara, hurry up and say something, speak your mind, and make sure you’re loud and passionate!”
And oops… I was loud, I was passionate. I spoke my mind (with good intentions mind you) but OOooo did it ever back fire. The situation blew up into an exaggerated, unnecessary and very hurtful argument.
What made me speak up when I’d heard clearly to be quiet? FEAR. Fear is what made me speak up. Fear of ‘what if’s’. If I keep quiet, I’ll be ignoring the problem. Fear, fear, fear….
Fear that is all consuming is not good for anyone.
The enemy wants us to fear. It’s his plan to get us to turn our backs on trusting the One we should be trusting. It’s the enemy’s plan to get us to try and take control of situations instead of letting God fight the battles for us and that’s exactly what I did. I thought I knew best…but I didn’t. What resulted in my ‘speaking up’, was a whole lot of tension and hurt…
Once I made the decision to drop the fear and surrender the control, I received peace and clarity. (Letting go and surrendering is a daily battle for me still.)
Friends, if you hear the Lord commanding you to be quiet and pray- do it. He would never ask us to do anything that was not for our benefit. He would never ask us to do something that would not bring glory to His name.
Don’t fear. Trust God. Pray.
Trying to take things into our own hands will result in nothing but disappointment and discontentment.
What ever situation you may be facing today that is out of your control, do not be discouraged. Do not carry the weight of trying to come up with a solution. Trust that God will see you through. Surrender, and let him fight this battle for you.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.