wait on God
If I could deliver 3 words of advice to Christians for 2016, it would be this: Wait on God.
As officers and Salvationists, we live busy, chaotic, sometimes even dysfunctional lives. This dedication to our work can be a very good thing; after all, the need of the world is only getting bigger. We should absolutely be committed to our tasks and responsibilities.
But there is a danger in putting all of ourselves in our roles if it keeps us from being in God’s presence, or it keeps us from opening our minds and hearts to Him. It can be difficult to switch everything off, and just be with God. We don’t give ourselves that luxury very often.
I wonder sometimes if our lack of waiting, listening, and learning is a sign of overconfidence. We think we are clever enough to do everything by ourselves. After all, look at the amazing gifts that God has given to The Salvation Army. But we will hit a brick wall if we think that the Army’s success can only come from us.
After a routine check–up from my doctor earlier this year, I was told that I mighat have either cancer or tuberculosis. The doctors said to me that unless I underwent a serious operation soon, I would have 12 months to live. The fact that I was General of The Salvation Army changed nothing. The insignia, the “bling” on my uniform and on my shoulder, meant nothing. I wasn’t standing before God as an officer, but as André Cox, as He made me.
We all know we will one day die. But when someone puts a time limit on your life, you realize all the things that you would still like to experience. You realize that you may be too driven by your itinerary or your routine. You realize how much you still want to experience God’s love in your remaining time.
I know it is sometimes hard to see and experience the hand and presence of God. But let us never become so busy that we forget to live our lives in His presence. It will keep us from being the best version of ourselves that we can be. And the best version of us can only be attained with a strong relationship with the Lord.
Jesus said to His disciples, “Remain in me, as I remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.” If we follow those words, our lives will also bear fruit.
Psalm 25:21 reads: “Let integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait on thee.” I pray that, in the business of your lives, your days will also be filled with seeking, listening, and waiting on God.
by General André Cox