Sunday, November 8, 2009


We find ourselves daily waiting on things. We spend a lot of time wondering when will my healing, husband, wife, children, financial breakthrough, next big deal, next approved proposal come. We could list many other things. During my devotional time I began to meditate on what we should be doing during the waiting period. We know what the word says, but we still try to rush the process or bypass some of the steps. When we interrupt the process it slows us down and delays it even more. The devotional below gives a great perspective on the waiting period.
Waiting on Tenterhooks

Elisabeth Elliot

"Be still and know that I am God." "Be still and know that I am God" (Ps. 46:10).

Now why does God keep us so often it seems on tenterhooks. I had to confess I had to look up what tenterhooks means. I've used it all my life, but I discovered that it is a sharp-hooked nail used for fastening clothe on a tenter. Well of course, I had to find out what a tenter is. A machine or frame for stretching clothe. So it's just as if God puts us on some kind of a stretcher at times when we are very uncertain as to what's going to happen next or what God might want us to do next. And so it is an unavoidable uncertainty.
And of course God's purpose always is to teach us to trust Him and obey Him. You know the old Gospel song, "Trust and obey for there's no other way to be happy in Jesus, but to trust and obey."

"Nothing is more educating to our souls. It's a special exercise in faith, patience, conformity to God's will when we are kept in the balance of yes and no--an exercise in complete detachment." And the constant check of unavoidable uncertainty shows that it is one of God's special lessons.
So we will be glad God unfolds His plan to us only a day's journey at a time because it keeps us in closer touch and closer dependence on Him. Are you glad that God unfolds His plan only a day's journey at a time? Why does He do it? He does it because it keeps us in closer touch and closer dependence on Him. That ought to be a good enough answer to our question as to why God keeps us on tenterhooks.

What situation do you find yourself in today? Is it one of unavoidable uncertainty? Of course the Israelites were in a panic, and yet when they could look back and tell their children about that amazing and wonderful experience, how marvelously it proves the faithfulness of God. He's never late. He knows exactly what He's doing. And He has promised to fight for us. Don't worry just because your uncertainty is unavoidable.
"Be still and know that I am God" (
Ps. 46:10).

Yolanda Conley Shields November 2009

1 comment:

  1. When we wait on God, we get God's results! This is blessing me!