Devotional for Thursday October 1st

Good Morning Everyone,
 
Our theme for this month: “You are loved”
 
Our Bible verse for today: “Be silent before the Lord and wait expectantly for him …” Psalm 37:7 (CSB)
 
Our thought for today: “Be with Him first, do for Him second.”
 
Psalm 37 consists of forty rich verses from the wisdom of King David. In this Psalm he draws a contrast between a life that is lived in a world filled with trials, struggles, dangers and unanswered questions, but which is still a life in which the person is at peace in the middle of the storm. At their core, as the storm of life swirls around them, the person is calm and peaceful.
 
The reason that’s so is because the person trusts in the Lord. In the middle of the swirl of life, the individual is sitting quietly and peacefully, waiting on the Lord and then enjoying rich fellowship with Him. Eleven times in the forty verses David refers to the threats and dangers that come from living in a broken and sin-filled world. But nineteen times he refers to the blessings that come to the faithful man or woman of God in the middle of all that mess. And six times he points to the source of the blessings, the peace, the confidence that such a person has. It’s because they have learned to sit quietly with the Lord and to trust Him.
 
Far too often we busy North American Christians rush right in to attack every problem, deal with every situation, and do something about everything. Granted, there are things we are supposed to do in order to solve our own problems. God doesn’t usually sit on His throne in heaven, wave a magic wand, and “poof” our problems are solved. We are responsible for taking action to deal with our own issues. But first we need to be still and know that He is God (Psalm 46:10). We should let Him speak to us about the situation first.
 
Perhaps, as we sit and wait, He will deal with the situation for us so that we don’t have to. I have sometimes found that God works situations out in His way and in His time without me having to do anything about it. But most other times He just wants me to sit quietly with Him for a while, gain a deep sense of confidence and assurance about the things that are going on around me, and then go do something. But not in a hurried and agitated state of mind. Instead, after being with the Lord in peaceful silence for a while, He settles my mind, calms my heart, and gives me clarity of thought that I didn’t have at first. Then I’m ready to deal with the situation at hand. God does this for us out of His great love for us. He wants us to be calm and confident, reasoned and reasonable, trusting the He is sovereign and in control.  
 
The Christian life is not all “do, do”. First it is “be, be”. Our love relationship with the Lord is based on simply being with Him first, and doing stuff second.
 
God Bless,
Pastor Jim
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