Unrushed Time- Preparation for Revival
“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – His good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12:2
By: Sandy Schultz, Executive Director, The WorkFaith Connection
May 8, 2018
In his book, The Divine Mentor, Wayne Cordiero writes:
“Spending unrushed time alone with God in His Word, releases a fountain of refreshment from the very core of your being.”
A key word here is unrushed time. When we’re not rushed we can listen. When we’re not rushed we can be still before the Lord. In the stillness, His words speak life to us. We see Jesus and we know we are loved ... deeply, richly, unconditionally. That love births a deep and abiding love for our Father and a yearning to love others with the same richness that Jesus lavished upon us. Oh, I cherish these moments of unrushed time.
It is also in this unrushed time with God in His Word that the Holy Spirit gives us the bold courage to look at our self-protecting, prideful ways ... the parts of ourselves that are not yet conformed to the image of Christ ... the places where we are not trusting in God’s good, pleasing and perfect will. Although our hearts are grieved over our revealed sinfulness, and we are thrust into a longing to repent and seek forgiveness, God also gently reminds us to rest in the righteousness of Jesus. Stillness before the Lord protects us from the lies of Satan.
It is also in this place of brokenness over our own sin that the Holy Spirit equips us to love others exactly where they are in their journey, and to gently and lovingly speak truth as He leads. As God gives us the courage to look at our own idolatry, He births in us a compassionate love for others that cannot be quenched.
In this unrushed time with God, we find a freedom from striving, freedom from proving, freedom from desire for the things of this world. We find Truth. We are reminded that it is the Holy Spirit that brings revival, and God delights in allowing us to be an instrument in His hand to participate in His work.
In this unrushed time with God, we see evidence of the Holy Spirit’s work transforming us. The fruit ... love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control ... draws people to Jesus.
May God provide us this unrushed time at His feet. We long to see a miraculous movement of revival; a revival of surrender to our Father’s good, pleasing and perfect will; a revival of truth; a revival of loving and serving our neighbor. Might the world see Jesus in us and may revival spread like wildfire to those who don’t yet know the good news of Christ!
Oh Lord Jesus, we come before you confessing we need You. We live in a hurried world that desires to keep us distracted; but you, O Lord, walked this earth at a pace of grace. You always had unrushed time for the Father and for the people He placed in your path. Lord, make us more like You every day. We cry out to you, Lord, for revival in the hearts of believers and those who don’t yet know You. We pray for a conviction of the Holy Spirit that brings repentance and rest to our weary souls. May Your love radiate through us to the corners of the earth, and may our nation return to You. Father, it is in the mighty name of our risen Savior, Jesus, we pray. Amen.