Ministry1 I wait quietly before God,
for my victory comes from him.
2 He alone is my rock and my salvation,
my fortress where I will never be shaken.
Psalm 62

“I wait”
How many times do we rush? We get our great new ministry idea or something on our agenda and we push forward without “waiting”. Patience is a fruit of the Spirit yet sometimes it seems to be the one fruit I’m having a shortage of. 
The times I have a “great” new idea for ministry or for the church and I rush into it without waiting are the times that usually the idea ends up not being as “great” as I thought it would be.

“I wait quietly”
The distraction of the noise around us interferes with our waiting quietly.
The noise of:
Other people’s opinions
The constant attachment to our electronic devices
Busy life
The noise of restless thoughts
“Ministry”, yes even what we do in the guise of serving can become a distracting noise if we allow it
The lack of peace
The latest ministry trends or models, while they can be good they can also interfere with waiting quietly

When was the last time you simply got alone and away from all the noise and just spent time with God and waited quietly? I’ll be honest. I’m a people person, I love to be around people. I don’t even like driving to the grocery store by myself. If I’m home alone the television is on because even though I may not be watching I like the noise.

“for my victory comes from him”

My latest and greatest idea or plan will be an utter failure if it’s not from him. God brings the victory, not me. So I must seek God before I jump into my next big idea for the church. If God’s not part of the process the idea may look good but the chances of victory or success decrease greatly.

Before I dive into the next greatest thing to come out for churches and ministry I need to put Psalm 62:1 into practice. This process of waiting quietly before God builds my trust in God, strengthens me and protects me because “He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress where I will never be shaken”.