Be Still My Soul
Through our work in the ministry and our family trials God has been teaching me some great lessons. One of them is the importance of resting in him.
That has not been an easy lesson to learn. The Psalmist in Psalm 46:10 says to cease striving and know that I am God. Yet I continue to strive.
I’m grateful that the Lord does not give up on this slow student. He is a patient and loving teacher.
There are some wonderful promises in the Bible, that I have a hard time believing. Just think of Psalm 127:2, “It is in vain that you rise up early and go late to rest, eating the bread of anxious toil; for he gives to his beloved sleep.”
Draw Near to Jesus
I think that’s an amazing verse, because I often feel guilty if I’m not staying busy. There’s this battle to be always at it, always doing something that at least feels productive. Jesus said Mary had chosen the better thing as she was at Jesus’ feet while Martha was busy serving.
The Lord has impressed on my heart that I need to grow in listening to his voice, and to do that I need to be quiet. I ask the Lord that he will work in my heart and help me to slow down and rest in him.
When I meet with the pastors I’m working with, I’ve been encouraging them to learn to listen to the voice of God. It’s essential for ministry, especially if we want to last and be effective.
O Lord, please continue your holy work in me. Make me like Jesus. Cause me to work hard, but also to slow down and to rest in you. Be still before the Lord.
In His Grip, Dave