By: Carole L. Haines
My soul waits in silence for God only; From Him is my salvation.
2 He only is my rock and my salvation,
My stronghold; I shall not be greatly shaken.
(Psalm 62:1-2 NASB)
Do I wait in silence for God only? Or am I still seeking the approval of people? Good Questions. Paul asked Himself the very same things.
10 For am I now seeking the favor of men, or of God? Or am I striving to please men?
If I were still trying to please men, I would not be a bond-servant of Christ.
Am I a bond-servant of Christ? Or am I a servant of myself, hiding beneath the Robe of Christ? Honestly, I am both. I am fully His servant, but He is showing me places where I still have not fully come under His Lordship. It is in those places that I find I am still trying to please people. Is that true of you as well?
11 For I would have you know, brethren, that the gospel which was preached by me is not according to man. 12 For I neither received it from man, nor was I taught it, but I received it through a revelation of Jesus Christ. (Galatians 1:11-12)
I am learning, as Paul said He learned, to only live by what he receives from God. In our marriage vows we say, “and forsaking all others.” Have I forsaken all others in regards to God? Am I still trying to get people to say that I am okay, or normal, or whatever?
God has been showing me that as long as I want to hear the affirmations of people, I will be enslaved to the tyranny of the approval of man. God has already set me completely free from the opinions of others, but have I chosen to walk in that freedom? Or am I still enslaved to what others think, or even enslaved to what I think of myself? Romans 8 says:
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death…31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?… 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (vs, 1-2,31-35,36-39 NASB)
Am I really convinced that nothing can separate me from God’s love? If I was, I wouldn’t seek it from others so often. I would truly be able to say that My Soul waits in silence for God only.
Precious Father, Your word says that we have come to know and have believed the love that You have for us. I am not fully there Lord. It seems to be more of a yielding to what is already true about You and about me. Therefore, I yield all I am to You, every crack, crevice and crag. I want you to fill me, My precious All in all, for me to decrease and for you to increase in me until all I am is consumed in all You are. Amen!