Words from the Heart for Saturday June 17th, 2017
My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.
Psalm 62:5 (NKJV)
Wait Silently for God Alone
The words “for God alone” really both challenge us and build our faith. When we say those words we are moving away from all other sources of lesser help. We are admitting that we cannot do it ourselves. Yet, those same words position us for a display of divine power. Our expectation is not in vain. Our confidence is not misplaced. We can truly trust in God alone.
As we approach Canada’s 150th birthday on July 1, we continue our biographies of Canada’s Fathers of Confederation. Sir George-Etienne Cartier, born September 6, 1814 in St. Antoine sur Richelieu, Quebec, as a young lawyer supported the rebellions of 1837, and was exiled to Vermont when the rebellions were squashed. Returning to Canada in 1848, he was elected to the parliament of the United Canada’s, now Ontario and Quebec, serving for four years as the joint Prime Minister of that parliament with Sir John A. MacDonald. He attended all three of the conferences convened for the purpose of uniting the British colonies in North America to form the Dominion of Canada, and was largely responsible for gaining French-Canadian support for union. Canada would not be the nation it is today without the influence of George Etienne Cartier.
Patience is not a common virtue in our day. In fact, life seems to pick up speed like a runaway truck on a mountain highway. There are days when we want to just pull the cover up over our head and stay in bed. But rarely do we have the time to do that. The principles of this world drive us to busyness and weariness and we get too easily caught up in its trap. The Kingdom of God lays out a different path for God’s people. David, who was a busy man himself, with the cares of his kingdom and the many who longed for his position. But he learned how vital it was for his sanity and safety to live according to the principles of the Kingdom of God. So he writes in Psalm 62:5: “My soul, wait silently for God alone, for my expectation is from Him.” What is the state of your soul at the moment? Is it waiting silently for God alone, or is it filled with all the cares and concerns of life? David’s soul was at peace, waiting silently for God to move, and to speak, as He surely does when we are waiting on Him. Take time today to remove yourself from the cares and concerns of the world and quiet your soul before the Lord Jesus. And wait in expectation for Him to speak into your life and give you peace and hope.
These have been words from the heart.
For stories of how Canada was founded on Christian principles, see our new book ‘One Dominion’