[CF Devotionals] 2017-03-29 - Be Still

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How much time do we really spend in being still? In the following verse in Psalm 46:10 (NIV) the word, "still" comes from the Hebrew word rapha: abate, slacken, release, and desist. Also from the root word raphah meaning to mend, cure, make whole or repair. So putting that together, God is the source of our healing, and we have to let go of our own efforts to allow that to happen. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” God referred to himself three times, and did not include anyone else or thing he created, in who he was or in his exaltations. Therefore, I am to infer that he is the source of all, and I am just here to serve at his pleasure. And the only way I will fully be able to serve him is to desist from my own plans, and allow him to lead the way which will completely fulfill my needs and desires. Sometimes I just need to get out of my own way, and remember this truth. What better reminder could I have than the kids moving out, our family dogs from their time at home passing away in the last couple years - along with a job I’ve had outside of the home seeming to be dwindling? Suddenly I kept hearing “be still and know I am God” in my head quite a bit the past several months, and thinking to myself how necessary it is, at times, to be completely still in order to fully feel God’s presence.

Since my mid-teens, I have been on mission caring for people and tending to their needs on many levels. I believe the mission was designed by God; however, there are times I have found myself mindlessly moving forward, and a few months ago or I realized I need to slow down and consider that the plans might have different work for me at this point. God doesn’t want us to overthink or underthink His plans for us, just give him a chance to work through us by putting things on our hearts, closing and opening doors of opportunity, and other ways to show us of his promises and how much he cares for us. Part of the process can be diminishing labor, tapering off the current pace and activities, and centering on moderation so we are able to hear God’s voice. In a world that has more places each day that are often opening later into the night or even for twenty-four hours, we need to remember that the most important place to be is in the will of our creator. We need direction from our healer, and we need to give him our full attention, for that to happen. Do you need to take some time to “be still”?

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All scripture references from King James Version (KJV) unless otherwise noted