There is a popular notion within Christian circles that we must wait upon the Lord until He tells us what to do, where to go, what words to speak. It’s something I’ve always found hard to understand, because I’ve never heard Him speak, or felt Him guide me. Yet looking back, I can see that I have never gone hungry enough to fear for my health. I have never been homeless, and I have family and friends around me who love me and support me. I have had thousands of opportunities to develop a career, gain experience, have fun, meet new people. A lot of those opportunities I rejected, but the few that I took, undeservingly, led me to where I am now – with a roof over my head, friends and family, and the realisation that I can bless without having a specific calling; I can further the kingdom without knowing my particular role.
What’s more, God speaks to me every day. He has written all His words in what we call the Bible. He has written down chastisement for the times we fall away. He’s provided comfort for when we feel unworthy. He’s assured us for the times we feel unloving and incapable.
It seems strange to me that we often say ‘can I have that in writing?’ when we want to prove something about someone. Yet when it comes to God, we often perceive His spoken Word to be more important than His written word, completely forgetting the awesomeness that He has in fact already spoken to us, and through it, He guides us, and teaches us, and leads us to where we need to go.
What if, whilst waiting upon the Lord, He is actually waiting upon us? Waiting for us to take action, to use those talents and make a difference? Never before have we had such easy access to information. We can listen to podcasts, read articles, and communicate with people with such ease. We have been given a mind to look for answers and an imagination with which to come up with creative solutions. What if all He is asking of us is to “act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” (Micah 6:8).
In Wesley’s Explanatory Notes Bible Commentary, Micah 6:8 is explained as follows:
“He – God hath already told you in his word, with what you ought to come before him. To do justly – To render to every one their due, superiors, equals, inferiors, to be equal to all, and oppress none, in body, goods or name; in all your dealings with men carry a chancery in your own beasts, and do according to equity. To love mercy – To be kind, merciful and compassionate to all, not using severity towards any. Walk humbly with thy God – Keep up a constant fellowship with God, by humble, holy faith.”
No massive projects, or burn-outs from trying so hard, just consistency and loyalty. What if the question is not “What is God doing in my life?” but “What am I doing to further God’s kingdom?”
Perhaps we can apply a different meaning to the phrase “waiting upon the Lord.” Being in relationship with the Creator means spending time with Him and talking to Him. But it also means BEING His child – before Him as well as before others. There’s still a lot for me to figure out when it comes to that side of my spirituality. But that’s another blog post I guess.