The LORD said to my Lord, “Sit in the place of honor at my right hand until I humble your enemies, making them a footstool under your feet.” Psalm 110:1
I find spiritual battles in life to be the the toughest battles of all. Perhaps that’s because most of my battles are spiritual at their core. If I have a disagreement with a friend, how I respond is a spiritual battle within me. If I struggle to complete a task, whether I have the courage to stick it out to the end is a spiritual battle within me. And so I find what matters most is where I am at when the battle is raging.
My first job was at the age of 12 working in the yard of a wealthy family. My dad had taken care of their lawn a few hours each week as a side job for years. But he convinced the family to hire me for 30 hours a week to care for every aspect of their lawn. It was my responsibility to trim the bushes and weed the flower beds. I was also given the task of edging around the entire house, every tree, and every bush. This was an overwhelming task except for one thing, my dad brought me lunch and we sat in the lawn to eat and converse every day. Sitting with my dad on the job he had procured for me made me feel special, safe, and assured in my abilities. During those lunches there were days we didn’t talk about much. We just enjoyed each other’s company. On other days, we talked about the next project and how to do it. That experience was not only invaluable, it was one of the best experiences of my life. Sitting with my dad made what would have been an impossible job possible. But more than that, those lunches with dad made the job enjoyable, fulfilling, and memorable.
There are a two lessons I learned from that experience. The first is that time sitting with a mentor is time well spent. This is especially true when the mentor is someone who loves and respects you. My dad was my first mentor, but not my last. As I have sat beside mentors over the years, I always feel honored and accepted. And when I sit with God, it is invaluable time that has eternal consequences. He takes my negative self talk and transforms it into thoughts that inspire me to keep going forward. As I sit with God, He turns my anger into a desire to understand myself and the one with whom I am angry. He takes what feels like an impossible situation and turns it into a fulfilling one.
The second lesson is that God calls us into vocations, tasks, and ministries. The fact that my dad had so much confidence in me helped me to complete the tasks asked of me. And so it is in our lives as we understand God’s will in our personal lives. He has a plan for you and for me. Every time I have heard His call and responded, I have the confidence to know that He will accomplish more through me than I would ever ask or think.
No matter what life brings, how tough the circumstances become, or the trials that come our way, we have the assurance that God invites us to sit next to Him in the place of honor. When you sit with God and allow His strength and His power to overcome the circumstances and trials that are in your life, you are the victor. The key is sitting by God’s side, listening to Him speak, and being patient to allow Him to do the work. If you’re like me, that is a difficult task. But there is no shortcut to peace of mind and joy of heart. It always comes at the side of God. What would it look like for you to sit with God this week?