With varying degrees of complexity, difficulty and circumstances, life is full of lessons to be learned. Whether they were good or bad, my life experiences have been on display for others to learn from and likewise, I too have learned from the lives of others. This more evident to your children because they see every step and hear every word that you teach while you may unaware. In all honesty, I prefer learning from other people more so then my own experiences simply because I didn’t have to endure the events, thoughts and trials. God’s word teaches us invaluable spiritual lessons that can mold our character, choices and standard of living. The truths in God’s teachings are absolute and will stay that way even after we cease to exist and all the way to eternity.
Out of fear of being judged, in my book it was hard for me to confess that I gave little thought to the Holy Spirit until that point in time. I felt like I was the only one that basically treated the Holy Spirit as a fable while still believing in Jesus. It was if I could play Him as a wild card in a game to pull off a victory instead of being guided by the Spirit in every aspect of my life. Hard-headed and set in my ways, it took many years for me to realize that many of the things I was facing indeed had physical components, but they were based upon the spiritual which I had ignored which brought about repetitive cycle of failures and trials in my life.
The Word of God teaches us invaluable spiritual lessons that can mold our character, choices and standard of living. The truths in God’s teachings are absolute and will stay that way even after we cease to exist and all the way to eternity. Acceptance of these facts are only realized though submission to the Holy Spirit. When we continually seek Him, our eyes will be opened and we will be able to hear for discernment in our lives. When we patiently wait on the Lord, it is proof of our reliance upon Him and our faith is rewarded by being found in obedience to Him.
Spiritual lessons can be difficult because there must be a cutting to remove the unwanted branches for the fruit of our lives to be full. Such pruning can be unexpected and painful which is evermore the reason to be still and patient in such times. We may find that we were treating our job with more regard than the Lord, we needed skills for the next phase of our live, or God needed to reach someone though our trial.
Another aspect of being still in spirit is faith. If God instantaneously gave us everything we wanted, how can we walk by faith? God specifically teaches to walk not by sight but by faith (2 Corinthians 5:7). We should not rely on visual evidence or cues from God regarding His promise. God never fails to fulfill His promises, and that should be a driving force for our faith and spiritual stillness. When we ceaselessly hang on to our faith and stay still in spirit to Let God do His work and realize His plans for us, we will realize that God’s time and ways are the best for us all along. Whatever it is we are waiting for, believe in the Word of God and his promise to deliver. When we are still in spirit and wait patiently on God, we will obtain true spiritual joy and assurance.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)