Ok, most people think that statement is mixed up, but I think it’s right in one respect. As a pastor, I’d like to think I’m still learning a lot from other pastors, but what about my ancient predecessors – the Levites? Their job description is just as applicable for us today. Deuteronomy 10:8 says, “At that time the Lord set apart the tribe of Levi to carry the ark of the Lord’s covenant, to stand before the Lord to serve Him…” One of my duties and delights is to stand before Him and minister to Him. How strange and difficult, to simply stand, having no agenda, no ambitions, no anxiety about rushing on to the next appointment! There are plenty of times in my life when my pastoring, my personality, and my pressures pump adrenalin into my system, but could it be that for every ounce of adrenalin, there’s a mirrored ounce of spiritual infilling only received when I learn to stand.
We could all learn something from the angels on this one. When the angel Gabriel came to tell Zechariah that he would be a daddy to John the Baptist, it was his second mission in 600 years — and that was a lot! When Zechariah didn’t believe Gabriel’s message, Gabriel said, “I am Gabriel who stands in the presence of God” (Luke 1:19). I can see Zechariah saying, “Yeah, but what do you do?” “I stand in the presence of God!” “Ok, I get that, but what do you do?” “You don’t get it – I stand there…beholding His glory, His splendor, and His holy fire…until He speaks. If He doesn’t say anything, I just stand there. When He does say something, then I move out to fulfill it. But pretty much, what I do is stand there. Waiting on Him.” Think about this, between Gabriel’s last mission (when he was sent to Daniel 600 years earlier), He just stood there! If you are between assignments, then just stand before Him, enjoy Him, and let Him enjoy you!