For the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel, has said: “You will be delivered by returning and resting; your strength will lie in quiet confidence. But you are not willing.”
At the Battle of Bunker Hill on 17 June, 1775, the American Colonel, William Prescott gave this famous order to his men. “Don’t fire until you see the whites of their eyes!”.
The Americans literally lied still and waited in that nerve wrecking moment, luring their enemies towards them. Once they drew closer, the Prescott’s men fired, defeating the British troops that day.
At times when we are confronted by unprecedented challenges, overwhelmed by their enormities, the Lord’s word to us perhaps is something like the Bible quote today. Instead of hurrying, sometimes frantically to find a quick solution and answer, we need to be still in the presence of God. Returning, indicates that we may have wandered away from the path of the Lord. Resting, tells us that we may have tired ourselves out in fruitless labour.
Our strength is insufficient. We need supernatural help from the Lord. That strength that we need so much in extraordinary times lies in our confidence in the Lord, our trust in His love for us. The way forward, that wisdom and overcoming strategy can only come from the Lord.
Imagine you are one of Prescott’s soldiers. That short time in waiting for the enemies to come close enough to see the white of their eyes must be so unnerving, to say the least. Your life depends on the right moment to act, and act rightly. Lying in stillness, then comes the time to raise. Suddenly, strength arise, the tide turns. The enemies are defeated!
Sometimes we need to be hidden in the Lord. Return to Him and His way, listen to His voice, rest, and recoup our strength. Only if we are willing, then we will surely experience mighty breakthrough in prayers, ministries, finances, health, and relationships.
Are you willing?