3 Things To Do To ‘Be Still’

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭KJV
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My wife’s aunt was watching our girls this past weekend and she told us this story about our youngest, Brynne. Brynne was praying for lunch and she speeded right through her prayer, “ThankyouJesusforthisfoodamen.” Brynne was told to slow down so then her prayer was “T h a n k y o u J e s u s f o r t h i s f o o d a m e n.”

When I heard this story, I started thinking about how much God wants us to slow down.

In this crazy, fast paced world, we rarely have time for God or spiritual things! We are too busy working, spending time with friends and family and even sometimes too busy doing ministry work. God wants us to ‘Be still and know Him.’

So how do we ‘be still’ in this ever changing world?

1. Set apart time to ‘be still.’

You have to purpose and plan a time to be still. If you don’t have any time set aside to be still and talk to God, you never will be still. Most people live such a busy schedule that they waste the extra time they do have! Trust me, I understand, I’m the same way sometimes….it’s hard to just stop and be still and know God. Just like you have a time to go to work or go to church or go to a doctor’s appointment, you need to set apart and schedule a time to meet and walk with God.

2. Slow down.

Just slow down. Look at all the blessings God has given you. Slow down and see how God has taken care of you. When you slow down, you will have a better chance of being still and knowing God. Too many people never slow down in their busy lives. They just rush right on by everything God has blessed them with.

3. Find a secluded place.

Find a spot to be alone and talk with God. Jesus went up into the mountain to pray, He went further into the garden to pray. He found times and places to be alone and to be still so that He could talk to the Father. He was the perfect example for us. It’s good to slow down and set apart some time and then seclude yourself so that you can be still and know God!

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Bible Reading Thoughts – Job’s Hedge

I started a chronological Bible reading plan this year and today, I started the book of Job. Job has always been an interesting character to look at because of His relationship with God and his trials with Satan.

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

In Job 1:1, we see the characteristic of Job. He was a perfect and upright man and one that feareth God.

In Job 1:6-12, we see the communication between the Lord and Satan. The Lord was asking Satan if he had ever considered tempting Job. Satan knew who Job was and the kind of man he was.

In Job 1:13-19, we see the catastrophic events that changed Job’s life forever. He lost his sons and daughters, he lost his livestock, he lost everything he had.

In Job 1:21-22, we see Job counting his blessings, knowing everything he had was from the Lord.

But in this whole chapter, the thing that stuck out the most to me is found in verse 10. It says, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.” That phrase, “Hast not thou made an hedge about him” made me start thinking about my own life. Do I have a hedge about me? Is God protecting me like He protected Job?

How to get that hedge of protection from God? The answer is simple. Live a perfect and upright life, fear God and eschew evil. Easier said than done, right? We should live in such a way that God wants to protect us from Satan. Walk with God, fellowship with God, have a relationship with God. Remember, Satan can only do what God allows him to do.

Realize that even if you are in the hedges, there will still be trials and tribulations in life. Job did everything he was supposed to do, yet God still allowed him to be persecuted. When we are persecuted, remember we still have blessings to be thankful of, no matter how few they seem.

So the thought for today is this, Do I have the hedges of God’s protection around me? Or, am I just in place where it is open season for Satan to attack me?

The best place to start getting those hedges of protection is walking with God. Read your Bible and pray every day. Fellowship with Him!

Join me in 2019, in reading your Bible through chronologically!

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It Matters

This is just a short outline of what I gained from my Bible reading this morning.

I read Genesis 4-7

It Matters

Your sacrifice matters – Gen 4, Abel

Your solitude matters – Gen 5, Enoch

Your separation matters – Gen 6, Noah

Your service matters – Gen 7, Noah

Everything we do in life matters. Whether it’s our walk with God or our walk for God or our daily doings in life, it ALL matters! Make sure you are doing what you are supposed to be doing!