When Life Slows to a Crawl

Michael Beck

“She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house: Now is she without, now in the streets, and lieth in wait at every corner.” (Proverbs 7:11,12)

Regardless of the season we are in our lives ought to have purpose. “To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven” (Eccl. 3:1) God lets nothing go to waste in our lives. The winter serves His purpose as well as the summer. We might feel cooped up, restless, stir-crazy, but God would use such a time to “enlarge” our heart. “… Thou hast enlarged me when I was in distress” (Psalm 4:1)

Paul spoke of the strength he had in Christ to be content “every where and in all things.” (Phil. 4:11-13) As we abide in the Vine, precious fruit can be borne under the most adverse situations. Christ teaches us most of His meekness and lowliness of heart when we suffer need and are abased.

Beware of boredom and an “unquiet” spirit which would drive you to want more than the “light Bread” that comes down from heaven. (Numbers 21:5) Yes, at times we want to “get on” with our life. We are tired of being “housebound.” We want the winter of our discontent to end. But the Lord calls us to abide in Him, and find rest for our souls. Godliness with contentment is great gain.

Even when life has slowed to a crawl, let the Lord prosper your soul in ways the world cannot imagine.

Michael Beck is a pastor in the Dallas, TX area and the main author on Signpost. Receive a daily devotional he publishes every morning via email.