‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ Psalm 46:10 NIV
When you’re running on fumes, instead of berating yourself for failed attempts at ‘spirituality’, Kristin Armstrong says it’s time to ‘tie a tourniquet on the wound of busyness…[or] we’ll bleed a spiritual death. Doing more, and doing it faster, isn’t taking us to a place of peace. The distraction is nothing more than a momentary escape. Sooner or later we have to stop… Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” When we’re forced to be still the magnitude of the weight we carry becomes enormous, the loneliness unbearable. We think momentum keeps us from thinking…from feeling…from knowing sooner or later we have to stop.’ When you need to be spiritually restored, go to the throne,not the phone! No matter how good your friends are, they can’t meet your need like God can. Jesus said, ‘Come to Me…and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28 NIV) Consider it His personal RSVP to talk to Him and tell Him how you feel, like a child talks to a loving parent who can help them. Designate a special place to be alone with God, and discipline yourself to go there often. And don’t just tell Him what you need; listen for what He’s trying to tell you. Don’t be in a hurry to get back into the rat race; stay in God’s presence until you understand that the burdens you’re carrying were never meant to be shouldered alone. The most important thing: we find time for what we consider important, so get your priorities straight and ‘seek first His Kingdom.’ (Matthew 6:33 NIV) When you ‘come near to God…He will come near to you.’ (James 4:8 NIV)
SoulFood: Lev 11:1-13:37, Luke 1:57-66, Ps 42:6-11, Prov 1:24-28
The Word for Today is authored by Bob and Debby Gass and published under licence from UCB International Copyright 2015
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