For the Lord has told me this: “I will watch quietly from My dwelling place—as quietly as the heat rises on a summer day, or as the morning dew forms during the harvest.” Isaiah 18:4 NLT

The rising heat of a summer day is silent, and the morning dew appears without notice. Quietly and consistently they come, in the time which is appointed. Likewise, God sits quietly in His dwelling place, gazing down upon us with a calm, watchful eye, not straining to see what is going on or worrying about what will take place. With the calm assurance only the Sovereign Lord can have, He sits patiently, waiting to work things out in His perfect timing. To us, the silence may seem empty and devoid of meaning, but God works with purpose each moment as He watches. Although He watches quietly, He is prepared to act swiftly at the appointed time.

Isaiah recorded the words of the Lord in chapter 18 as God’s people were facing a battle with Cush, a people feared far and wide (Isaiah 18:2). As anxiety grew in the people’s hearts, they most likely were filled with fear and desperation. However, we know that the Lord in heaven was not feeling the same. He sat quietly upon His throne, not threatened in the least by man’s attempt to dominate and conquer the world in which He alone reigns. How mminusculetheir power must have appeared before God, who is able to bring princes to naught and reduce the rulers of this world to nothing (Isaiah 40:23).

At just the perfect time, God would snip off and discard [the] spreading branches of the enemy (Isaiah 18:5) of His people. And He will do the same for us today. If we stand faithful to Him, He will always act at the perfect time and in perfect purpose, for we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). We may not understand the silence, but we can be assured that God knows its purpose.

What we see as inactivity on God’s part is actually His supernatural ability to withhold His hand until the greatest opportunity for victory. How grateful we can be that He is not like us—rash, impulsive, and impatient. He always sees the greater picture and never achieves anything but victory.

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by Jill Holler

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Jill Holler grew up on a farm in western Illinois, enjoying a life of running free through the pastures during the day and gazing at the countless shimmering stars at night. All around her, she could see the work of God’s creative hand, and she knew He was real. Yet it wasn’t until years later that she would discover the abundant life of faith that comes from taking hold of the living power that resides in God and His word. After struggling to find purpose and meaning for much of her young adult life, she found that it resides simply–yet powerfully–in Jesus Christ, her God and Savior.

About Be the Light Editor

Martin Wiles is a minister, author, freelance editor, and English teacher who lives in Greenwood, SC. He is the founder of Love Lines from God and is the author of Grits & Grace and God and Grits, Gumbo and Going to Church. He serves as Managing Editor for Christian Devotions ( and Assistant Editor for Lighthouse Publishing of the Carolinas. He and his wife are parents of two and grandparents of three.

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