This isn’t what I’d planned to publish today. There’s an article sitting in a folder all proofed and ready to go. But I can’t publish it, yet. You see, the problem isn’t with the article or what it says. I’m not afraid of what people would think if they read it. Nor is it a difficult truth that could divide. It’s a rather simple article about maturely walking with people in honesty and truth. The problem isn’t with the article it’s with me.
I won’t publish the article because I feel that I need to walk it out first. Maybe those of us who are preachers, teachers, and writers should more often take the time to walk out a truth before we preach, teach, or write. So maybe, hopefully, the article sitting in my Ready to Go folder will someday come off of the shelf and onto Lambchow. But, not yet.
I don’t want to leave you today without some encouragement and nourishment for your faith in Jesus. Consider these words from the David –
“I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me and heard my cry. He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, And He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; Many will see and fear And will trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 40:1–3, NASB95)
Sometimes the only action we are to do is to wait patiently. Everything else that follows in the Psalm. Being heard by God, being lifted from the pit of destruction and despair, being removed from the slippery clay pit to step onto solid ground, having a new song to sing, and having others see what God has done for us, these things are works of God. Our part is often to sit, wait, and pray. It may seem like inaction; like we aren’t doing anything. Maybe that’s the point. To remind us that Jesus is our shepherd, and we are simply and joyfully sheep in His flock.