I am borrowing a Word today to share with you. It has been a quiet occupation at the Thompson house for a few days. I have had some really good days of study but it’s not a ripe study yet – not ripe for sharing. But my devotion from YouVersion is – take a ‘read’.
On many British vessels when disaster strikes, “the still” is sounded. This signals people to pause a moment and figure out the wise thing to do. Panic, sailors feel, can be avoided if “the still” is observed. God gives us similar advice. Rather than panicking when crisis comes, we are to be still, and know that I am God… Perhaps that could be paraphrased, “Just don’t be frightened; see how I can help you in this trying situation.” The wise believer will learn to observe “the still” in times of tension.
If we are still only in times of trial, we miss much of what God is trying to say to us. We feel we do not have time to be still, but a University of Wisconsin study revealed that the average person spends three years of life waiting. How we use that time will determine much of our future. The wise person will use it to get to know God better, and he also will seek to get alone and listen to the quiet voice of the Creator.
Poems are not written on busy street corners, and symphonies are not composed in crowds. Aloneness is necessary for creativity and spiritual growth. So often we are spiritual chatterboxes when we come to the closet of prayer. How well it would be to learn to listen in those quiet moments, and know that I am God. Psalm 46 also states that “the heathen raged.” How often we rage at this and that; how much better if we would listen to God. Let us relax and know Him. Be still and learn to love Him better.
10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
Don’t you like that?
The Still is the signal to pause and figure out the wise thing to do.
Next harried, screaming for NOW attention that comes barging in on you, remember The Still.
And be still and know HE is GOD and you will figure out the wise thing to do.
I really like that!
I am praying today for many things. I’ll share only a few here. Richard – that his recovery be sure and lasting. Poppins – a happy and enjoyable recovery with no unhealthy residual. Iran. You know how ABBA stopped the building of the Tower of Babel by confusing the languages of the people? I am asking that DADDY GOD do something ‘simple’ and stop Iran from obtaining a weapon of mass destruction to use on Israel and on US. And Dear Friends with challenges born from many facets of this hostile world.
DADDY GOD, thank You. I am so grateful. Thank You. I give You applause of praise with clapping and even singing for the goodness and mercy and grace You have given to this child of Yours. You have heard my prayers for Richard and Poppins and Others and You have heard my cries for this world, Israel and America. Again I pray You will forgive us and grace us with repentance. Thank You for every Dear One who comes here to read and pray, I ask You to comfort, correct, empower, encourage and heal as each needs in JESUS Name.
Blessings to you Dear Friends +++