He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Written by: Shannon Swenson
Isn’t it a relief that we aren’t God? We don’t have to be in control, because He is. We can trust that His will is going to be done and that He wants to use a well-rested army of Jesus followers to execute His plan.
I can grow weary of “doing good” if I am not intentional about my priorities. I have a healthy FOMO (fear of missing out) and love getting to see what He does next. I have to be intentional that I am serving well, by serving from a place of relationship with Him and not getting caught up in the trap of serving with a grumpy heart or incorrect motive.
It is difficult to serve Him well—and experience the fruits of our labor in our own lives and hearts—if we are not choosing to rest and abide. Sometimes the greatest act of obedience and service to Him and others is to take a timeout and be still.
The word “no” is a complete sentence. No isn’t a bad thing when it means I am choosing to spend quiet time with God above all else. Faith comes first. The relationship with Jesus comes first. Allowing Him to fill my cup comes first. Otherwise, I am pouring out from an empty cup. Does this sound familiar?
I miss out on the blessing of receiving what He has for me when I am exhausted and disconnected from Him. I get to choose margin and I get to choose rest. He gives me permission to do that. He reminds me that it’s not only okay, but necessary.
Guess what? His plan still happens. I get to let Him be God and I can rest in the fact that His will is going to be done whether I am doing or whether I am resting so that I don’t grow weary. God has to remind me that His army of people winning lives for Christ do their best warfare when they are rested, well-fed through His word, and allowing Him to be the Savior that He is.
The reality is that there’s an enemy that wants our attention and he will use everything he can to distract us from being a useful weapon for Jesus if we aren’t battle-ready. Sometimes the best ambush is to be quiet and still so that we are best prepared for the ongoing mission to bring people to meet, know, and follow Jesus.
Thought of the day: Are you weary? Are you making your time with Him your first priority? If you are not actively pursuing serving God and others, what is keeping you on the sidelines?
Prayer: Father God, thank You that You are who You are and that I can rest and trust that You are in control. Help me to see where I am tired and worn out. If I am trying to take the reins of control, please forgive me. Help me to love and serve from a well-rested place of connection to You above all things. In Jesus’ name, amen.