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.
‘ The Lord will guide you always; he will satisfy your needs in a sun scorched land and will strengthen your frame. You will be like a well watered garden, like a spring whose waters never fail.’ Isaiah 58:11 NIV
There are certainly days when I lean more towards the sun- scorched land and the bubbling spring is nothing more than a mirage taunting me in the distance. You know those days, nothing seems to be going right! The universe is sinisterly plotting against you, cutting you off at every turn. In surrender, you throw up your hands. It’s just going to be one of those days ! Giving defeat the upper hand.
How did I begin the day….was He my first thought, my first conversation ?
Guaranteed my to do list and yesterday’s challenges and failures slipped in ahead of my time with Him.
He promises to give me the strength to last the day, the energy to face what-ever and wisdom to choose wisely.
So if you are having ‘one of those days’, it’s okay to throw up your hands, not in surrender to defeat but in declaration of His goodness, soaking up his life giving water that never fails to quench and sustain , and tomorrow…dive into His presence first.
‘Prayer is to the spirit what breath is to the body. We treat prayer as though it were the spice of life, but the Bible prescribes it as a vital staple in our diet.’ -David Hubbard
‘ Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions & praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come & settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the centre of your life.’ Philippians 4:6-7 MSG
This is certainly a word for me today! Sometimes I think I should state my occupation as ‘Professional Worry Wort’. I envy those who seemingly float through life, worry & anxiety not a part of their daily routine. ” Oh, I want that !”
” But you can have it……Bring those burdens that weigh so heavily on you, limiting you, to me……And let go completely. Don’t give them over with one hand, secretly holding on with the other. I have it covered, trust me, rest in me, allow me to be the centre of your being.”
His still small voice always knows where to find me.
Worry, anxiety & fear are not a part of His plan for my life…your life. Let go with both hands. Empty hands can then be filled with His victory, confidence & peace.
‘Peace with God brings the peace of God. It is a peace that settles our nerves, fills our mind, floods our spirit,& in the midst of the uproar around us, gives the assurance that everything is alright.’ – Bob Mumford
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 .