Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God.
Psalm 46:1 – God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble.
What if this morning you felt the Lord inviting you to spend time with him? You wouldn’t have to go far – maybe just to your couch or kitchen table. But how would you respond if he whispered, be still, and know that I am God? How would that change your day if you knew that he was always ready to help in times of trouble?
This morning, bring your concerns and desires before the Lord in full confidence that he’s ready to help in times of trouble. Bring them to him, quieting your heart and acknowledging that he is God. Many troubles may press on you, but God is here! Lay them down before him in surrender.
He is our refuge and strength.
Sometimes in the morning, before our day gets started, we need to be reminded of a very impactful truth: God loves us.
Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
In Micah 6:8 we are told what is good and what the Lord requires of us. He says to do what is right, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God.
He doesn’t plan disaster for us. He plans good things, and to give us a future and a hope. He doesn’t ask for the world from us, only to do what is right, love mercy, and walk respectfully with him.
What does that mean for today?
It means that God cares about your day today. Believe it.
It means that he desires good things for you. Stop running away.
It means that we have a choice whether or not to do the right thing. Pay attention.
It means that we are required to offer mercy. Soften your heart.
It means we need to admire the Lord and hold him in high esteem. Be a student of him.
We can get distracted and disengaged quickly. So take it a little slower today. Be in the moment. Don’t rush. Be present with the Lord. Keep your heart open to his voice. He will direct your steps.
Because he loves you.
I realized something important this week. The basis for knowing Jesus on any level must first and foremost be rooted in the Word. For the Word is the absolute truth of who he is.
Through the Word I can learn his personality, what he values. Through the Word I learn what his voice sounds like.
With a basis like that, I can know and discern when I am hearing truth, twisted truth, and lies. Over the past couple years I have begun to trust him deeply because of what I’ve read. And that trust has turned into a level of confidence in him that I never thought possible.
It’s time to listen for his leading. To spend ever more time in prayer. To pay attention each moment of the day. For he loves me. He loves you!
I strongly encourage you to make reading the Word (the Bible) a regular discipline. You won’t always experience a grand revelation, but you will begin to learn. And the more time you spend, the more you’ll hear the Lord. The more he’ll be able to speak to you.