But Jesus didn’t stay dead. He was resurrected, and His life infuses me with life. This is grace! McVey says that grace is like that police officer—after not writing you a ticket for clearly violating the speed limit—reaching into his pocket before he leaves and handing you a $100 bill. Grace is receiving what I don’t deserve. I don’t deserve Christ’s life, but He gives it to me anyway. That’s what His resurrection did for me.
And what do I receive as a result of Christ living inside of me? Everything that He is; He is the Great I AM, after all! So He is unconditional love; He is patience; He is the ability to show mercy and grace to others; He is joy that is not dependent on my circumstances; He is my perseverance as I wait. In fact, when you think about Christ’s life, what comes to mind? He really was the only human being to live a perfect Christian life. He loved unconditionally, served with no strings attached, healed, called people on their deception and pride. And He lives inside of me! This is grace.
God may want us to sit still and see what He brings about. Or He may move us to some course of action. The difference is whether this action comes from my flesh—a feeling of having to do something or nothing will get done, which is really an indication of me not trusting God—or from my spirit, where God resides and where there is a sense of rest, contentment, and trust, no matter what happens.
Of course, there will be days when our waiting hurts; it’s painful; it feels like God has forgotten. On those days, acknowledge your emotion, just like David did in Psalm 13. Then settle down on Father’s lap and choose to trust in His unfailing love. Choose to sing a song of praise.
I’ve also been waiting for the fulfillment of several visions God has given me. It still is tempting to do something to help God carry them out, especially when I feel pressure from people. But things done in the flesh—even good things—aren’t going to survive the fire of testing that all of us as Christ-followers are going to experience when we stand before Him (I Corinthians 3:10-15). This time of waiting is a time of letting go of self-effort and living in complete trust, living in moment-by-moment dependence upon Him, as Jesus did when He lived here on this earth (John 5:19, 8:28). It’s a time of receiving all that I need from Him—His grace, which is Himself—allowing Him to move me to action as He desires.
I love Psalm 118:23-24—“This is the LORD’s doing, and it is marvelous to see. This is the day the LORD has made. We will rejoice and be glad in it.” One day, we’re going to be able to join the Psalmist in these words as we rejoice in what God has accomplished. In the meantime, this day of waiting is also a day to choose to rejoice in because His desire as we wait is that we rely on everything He is for what we need—all the while truly trusting Him to accomplish His vision in His time, in His way.
And that’s grace as we wait.
Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that You would encourage us today. As we trust You to accomplish Your vision in Your time in Your way. May we not be tempted to help You carry out Your Promise. May we not feel pressured by people to make something happen. But may we be settled into the grace of rest that You have provided? We daily choose our reliance on You. May we be set, seasoned and settled knowing that You are a good God, a loving Father and a faithful Friend. In Jesus Name, Amen!