'Be still, and know that I am God.' Psalm 46:10 NIV
Athletes train to excel—pushing the limits of what their bodies can usually handle. Yet one twinge of a hamstring and they’re on red alert. Not stopping to heal means that they’ll face greater damage down the line. Psalm 46:10 is our warning for spiritual hamstring tweaks: ‘Be still, and know that I am God.’ The temptation is to do more or do it faster; this is the ‘distraction’ deceit—it keeps us going for the time being, but somewhere down the track we are going to pull up in pain. Jesus never said, ‘Keep going, it’s like a stitch, eventually you’ll run it off.’ No, He said, ‘Come to Me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.’ (Matthew 11:28 NLT) If you think you can take it into your own hands and recharge yourself, think again. ‘Jesus said, “I am the Vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing.”’ (John 15:5 NLT) If we want to do anything well, we need to prioritise time with the Father, Son and Spirit. Why? It’ll not only help you to be more effective as a well–rested worker, but also help you to step outside of the thick of life to get a better perspective and appreciate all you have. Matthew 6:33 NIV says: ‘...seek first His Kingdom.’ When you ‘come near to God…He will come near to you.’ (James 4:8 NIV) Fit in a rest period today to recoup your strength. Even if it’s just five minutes. Say: ‘God, I am seeking You and Your Kingdom first,’ then sit for a while in quiet and stillness.
SoulFood: 1 Sam 24-26, Matt 25:1-13, Ps 122, Prov 17:18-21
word4U2day (an adaptation of The Word for Today authored by Bob & Debby Gass) is published under licence by UCB Australia. 2015 UCB International Ltd