SWITCH OFF YOUR LIST!
‘I wait quietly before God, for my victory comes from Him…..Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.’ Psalm 62:1,5 NLT
‘All that I am wait quietly “………. Life is so incredibly noisy. Tuning out the constant din of demands, requests, lists, expectations, and catering to our perceived needs can appear to be an impossible task. The art of listening, truly listening, attention undivided has been replaced with the multi-tasking listener. We have become way too accustomed to focussing on multiples, driven by the bottom line of productivity.
Our children speak, our spouse speaks, a friend or colleague speaks………Yes, we are listening, but how much do we really hear? In the background our mind wanders to the scrolling list, as we attempt to keep one step, one thought ahead.
How much are we missing in the moment, the then and there?
Imagine if we gave all of ourselves, every bit mind, body and soul over to our time with Him. How much more would we hear? How much deeper would we go?
‘We receive only when we are recollected; only in silence is heard the beating heart of God.’- Father Bernardo Olivera.
Let us purpose ourselves to hearing, to giving Him our undivided attention and realise what we may only once have imagined.
A woman’s age old struggle……Finding the time and space to ‘Be still’.
Our hours are divided, in this age more than any other period in history, between so many and varied responsibilities. It can be overwhelming and exhausting.
Distractions are numerous and our order of priority may often become confused and unclear.
‘Listen, O daughter, Consider and incline your ear….’ Psalm 45:10
Could it be……if we gave Him, the very first of our day….
‘Be still and know that I am God…’ Psalm 46:10….And spent a portion of our time and all of ourselves in His Presence, that the hours ahead, hectic as they still may be, will flow……In and with ELOHIM ; His strength and power. Knowing JEHOVAH-JIREH; He will provide, and walking with the knowledge of JEHOVAH-SHALOM ; The Lord our Peace.
This is my prayer for you today….Lx
Walk Towards Easter . 31 .
‘ but the angel said, ” Do not be so surprised. You are looking for Jesus, the Nazarene, who was crucified. He isn’t here! He has been raised from the dead! Look, this is where they laid His body.” Mark 16:6
Q. How is the physical resurrection of Jesus a game changer ? How does it challenge you to respond to Jesus ? What happens next?
Can you imagine the excitement , the elation , in finding that Jesus was not in the tomb! After the total devastation and grief at His death, the waves of doubt as to whether or not He truly was the Messiah, to be met by an angel proclaiming ” He is Risen !”
Surely the penny must have dropped at this point, He raised others and now He himself had been raised . Jesus had conquered death, once and for all. His body was gone, it was truth. The magnitude of all that had transpired was beginning to unfold, the dawn of a new understanding, new life, new hope, salvation.
This same, incredible saving power is available to us today. All we need to do is accept it. Say yes to Jesus, acknowledge His sacrifice, invite Him into our hearts and then live. Live in the joy of our salvation.
‘ Jesus came and told his disciples, ” I have been given complete authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit……………And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age. ‘
Jesus commissions us to share, to share the joy of our salvation, to bring others to a knowledge of the incredible life changing power of
Our Saviour King.
Walk Towards Easter . 30 .
‘ Joseph bought a long sheet of linen cloth, and taking Jesus’ body down from the cross, he wrapped it in the cloth and laid it in a tomb that had been carved out of rock. Then he rolled a stone in front of the entrance.’
Q. How would Joseph have felt?
Loosing someone that we love is one of the most painful experiences in life . We all have to face it at some point and grieving can often be a long and difficult process, but it is an inevitable process in this condition….humanity.
As Joseph wrapped Jesus’ body , broken and lifeless , I can only imagine the enormity of his grief. He was yet to have a full understanding of the salvation that Jesus had purchased for him in giving up His life. The bewilderment of the situation as he carried Jesus’ body away to be buried in a borrowed tomb, must have been consuming . He thought that Jesus was going to set up His Kingdom and reign as King, there in His lifetime, but now He was dead. Was all that he thought to be true……not ? Was Jesus really the Messiah ? All these conflicting thoughts married with an overwhelming grief. Things had not turned out as he thought they would !
Situations arrive in life where we are certain that we have it all worked out, we think we know the outcome, our desired result, and then the unthinkable occurs. Our reality is rocked as our certainty turns to confusion . It is not how we thought and planned it to be.
It is in these times when we are swamped in confusion that we need to hold fast, and lean into faith.
‘ All of us have strayed away like sheep, we have left God’s paths to follow our own. ‘ Isaiah 53:6
‘ The Lord your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel, says : I am The Lord your God, who teaches you what is good and leads you along the paths you should follow.’ Isaiah 48:17
Don’t give up because circumstances are not all that you desire, at the dawn of a new day , clarity , direction and understanding will come. He is faithful to His promise .
Walk Towards Easter. 28.
‘ And at 3 in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ” Eloi, Eloi, lema sabachthan?” Which means, ” My God, My God why have you forsaken me?”
Q. How do you feel about the Passion of the Christ? What do you think is happening in this moment?
‘ My God, My God! Why have you forsaken me? Why do you remain so distant? Why do you ignore my cries for help?’ Psalm 22:1
This is heartbreaking, Jesus crying out to His Father, in His greatest hour of need, to be met with silence, an intense silence. For the first time in His earthly life He could not feel His Fathers presence. Surrounded by hostility and mockers, Jesus in His darkest moment was totally alone. After enduring horrific pain and humiliation Jesus had come to the end of himself. He was spent, the weight of the world’s sin resting upon His shoulders, the darkness closing in around Him. God allowed Him to feel the angst of our separation from God , to experience our human condition in its fullest. Jesus cried out as a man, desperate for help. This is why He knows our every sorrow, every burden, every shame. There is nothing in this life that we experience, no trauma or trial that He does not understand. He waded through death.
The foot of the cross is where I choose to lay my life. He gave His all for me .