There is a perfect passivity which is not indolence. It is a living stillness born of trust.
In this effort of ours to bring into manifestation the good which we know belongs to every child of God, it is when we get beyond the point where we try to do it all ourselves, and let God do His part, that we get the desires of our heart.
After we have done our part faithfully, earnestly, we are told to “stand still, and see the salvation of God which He will work for you.” [Exodus 14:13]
God delivers when fully trusted–perfectly, fully, even beyond anything we have asked or thought; adding good which we have never dreamed of, as though to give double assurance of His favor and love to any who will trust Him.
We must learn that the time of help coming to us is not our part, but God’s. We do know that in all the accounts in Scripture of those who realized God’s special deliverance from their troubles–from Abraham going forth to sacrifice his son, down to when Jesus put out His hand to save the sinking and faithless Peter, and even after this in the experience of the Apostles–this invisible Power came to hand just at the right time always–never a moment too late.
The promise is, “The Lord shall help her, and that right early;” [Psalm 46:5] or as the Hebrew reads, “at the turning of the morning,” which means just the darkest moment before dawn. So if, in whatever matter you are trying to exercise trust in your Father, the way keeps growing darker and darker, and apparently the help goes further and further away instead of coming into sight, you just grow more peaceful and still than ever, and you may know that the moment of deliverance is growing nearer for you with every breath.
– H. Emilie Cady
excerpts from “Trusting and Resting,”
Miscellaneous Writings, 1915.
It is good that a man should both hope
and quietly wait
for the salvation of the Lord
Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on Thee,
because he trusteth in Thee.