Learning to drive a “stick shift” car was difficult. It involved the motion of both feet and both hands in order even get going. Then it required shifting to higher gears in order to run smoothly down the road. Speeding along was great but when a steep grade approached it was time to gear down allowing more control of the vehicle.
When we come to the “steep grades” of life we need more power infused and less speedy activity.
Running from his enemy, the prophet Elijah strove hard to get away encountering wind, rain, and fire. But God was not in the wind, rain or fire. Then came the still small voice of God saying, “Why are you here...POWER DOWN and know me!” (See I Kings 19:9-13)
Jesus invites us to stop our constant striving and abide in Him...to power ourselves down in stillness before Him.
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46.10
The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14
He got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm. Mark 4:39 NIV
Just as Jesus called the churning sea to be still, He calls out to us, “Quiet, be still before me.” We can POWER DOWN in undistracted stillness by putting our winds and waves in His hands.
Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him... Psalm 37:7a NIV
PRAYER: Today I choose to exchange my constant striving for undistracted stillness before you, Lord. Quietly and confidently I POWER DOWN, for I know you are my source and deliverer. It is in your Son's name I pray, Amen.
ALLOW GOD’S POWER TO INVADE YOUR STILLNESS!
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