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Finding Our Rest in the Lord!

Psalm 37:7

Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.

IMG_0301Where NIV84 says – be still before the Lord – NKJV says – rest in the Lord.  I like both.  When our children were growing up – I often told them to be still and what I meant was settle down – give it a rest – or in today’s lingo – chill out.  I wonder if that is what God says to us at times – be still before Me – and trust Me!

Today I want to look at this passage – Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when men succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.  Some things come to my mind when I read it and I hope they are helpful in our daily walk today.

When I think of waiting patiently before the Lord – I am drawn toward the story of Abram and Sarai.  God had promised them many descendants and instead of patiently waiting for God’s fulfillment of His promise – instead of being still before the Lord – they took things into their own hands.  Here is part of the story.  Genesis 16:1-5 – 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian maidservant named Hagar; 2 so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my maidservant; perhaps I can build a family through her.” Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3 So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian maidservant Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4 He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5 Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my servant in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.”

It often doesn’t take long before we know we’ve made a mistake.  Abram and Sarai had to have a clue that things were not as God desired as the days unfolded before them.  Hagar immediately took an attitude when she realized she was pregnant with Abram’s child and Sarai got an attitude as well.  Abram failed to stand up as the man of God and remind all that God would take care of it in His timing.  Instead he went along with his wife’s plan – even if it was socially acceptable in his day – he had to know it wasn’t God’s best – God’s plan!  Don’t we all fail from time to time – allowing our thoughts and desires to take control of the situation – instead of resting in the Lord and His timing?  Don’t we tend to our think God or seek ways to do it our way instead of what seems like a harder way – God’s way?

What is going on in our lives – where we think God’s timing is not happening fast enough for us? Are we looking for a life partner – and thinking God’s timing or even God’s plan is not good enough or happening soon enough? Let’s find rest in the Lord – let’s seek His face and desire His grace. Let’s build our trust in Jesus!

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

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April 27, 2015 - Posted by | Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Holy Spirit, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , ,

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