Holding On/Holding Out (Holdings part 2)

“Thou holdest mine eyes waking: I am so troubled that I cannot speak.” (Psalm 77:4)

What’s the holdup?

“Have mercy upon me, O Lord; for I am weak: O Lord, heal me; for my bones are vexed. My soul is also sore vexed: but Thou, O Lord, how long? Return, O Lord, deliver my soul: Oh save me for Thy mercies’ sake.” (Psalm 6:2-4, emphasis mine)

What does it mean to truly wait on the Lord? To align ourselves with His timing? One way to look at whatever lesson  He’s teaching is to see that the only reason you’re waiting on Him, is because you love Him and you both know He’s real and also that He’s going to deliver. Come to think of it, those are the qualifications laid out in Hebrews 11:6. “…he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.” God highly prizes our patience. We can’t see all the things that must be in order for us to receive our miracle and I’d wager that we probably wouldn’t be able to handle that knowledge if we did see it. So until then, keep waiting. Be “content with such things as ye have” (Hebrews 13:5). God hasn’t forgotten about you.

Withholdings

“Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.” (Proverbs 3:27)

When we wait on the Lord for whatever it is we need, there’s usually some part of us that needs to be retooled, fixed, overhauled or otherwise made more Christ-like. I find that the patience I show others is directly proportionate to the patience I’m willing to show God. As God is the deepest part of us, everything that we do with reference to others, springs from that center. When Jesus said “Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me” (Matthew 25:40), He’s only telling it like it is. We are made in God’s image and remade in Christ’s because of our new spiritual birth. Any lessons we need to learn are to be learned prior to receiving our miracle. So be patient with others. Be kind and compassionate. God will put other people in your path who are just like you. Treat them the way you’d like to be treated, by others and by God Himself. A tall order but totally doable–with God’s help.

Strongholds

“(For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds;)” (2 Corinthians 10:4)

I’m not saying it’s gonna be easy. The years it took winding up the ways of thinking that aren’t in tune with the character of Jesus may in turn take years again to unwind, to unravel. God’s gotcha, don’t worry. “Therefore if thou bring thy gift to the altar, and there rememberest that thy brother hath ought against thee; Leave there thy gift before the altar, and go thy way; first be reconciled to thy brother, and then come and offer thy gift.” (Matthew 5:23-34) Jesus lays down guidelines for interacting with God. A pure heart towards others is what God requires of us. Granted, some people might shut themselves off from your penance but God sees that you made the effort. And in that case, it truly is the thought that counts.

Holdings

Job lost everything. “The greatest of all the men of the east” (1:3), he was reduced to a sorry excuse for a human being. Betrayed by his friends, his wife, his community, even his own body, it would seem that the answers to his dilemma were on another plane. Not one of those who commiserated with him had the answer that would allay his suffering and bring him comfort. However, toward the end of the book (42:11), we see this fact made plain: “And the Lord turned the captivity of Job, when he prayed for his friends:” God will do for us what we do for others. All of Job’s wealth and status could not prevent his life from being turned upside-down. And much like Jesus, everyone seems to have believed the worst of him. But just like with you (should you be encountering the same), God will speak from Heaven and set things in order. The truth will prevail. Just make sure you’ve made yourself ready to hear it.

By the way, the second part of that verse from Job reads thusly: “also the Lord gave Job twice as much as he had before.” How would Job be able to handle the added responsibility of a double portion of what he was initially unable to retain and maintain? I’d say that whatever he learned by going through the trials he did, enabled him to hold on to the blessing of a double-sized life.

“Sing unto God, ye kingdoms of the earth; O sing praises unto the Lord; Selah: To Him that rideth upon the heavens of heavens, which were of old; lo, He doth send out His voice, and that a mighty voice.” (Psalm 68-32-33)

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