Grace For The Journey
The Bible says in Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God.” Many of us have a tendency to think that if we are not busily and frantically engaged in doing something for the Lord, then we are doing nothing for Him. That is not true! What about the times when we are to sit at the feet of our Savior and be still?
Being still is still something,
And it is the something
We all need
Much more than
We think we do.
Why? Because the natural man is addicted to activity. We think we must be like the Energizer Bunny and just keep going and going and going . . .
I want to encourage you today
With two examples from the Bible
Which demonstrate that
Being still is still something.
The Bible tells us in Exodus 14:13 that Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more.”
After having been freed from more than 400 years of bondage in Egypt, the Israelites were on the way toward the Promised Land. There was a major problem, however . . .
Pharaoh had changed his mind
About freeing the people
And was furiously
Pursuing the Israelites,
Who were confronted
By a seemingly impassable
Roadblock . . . The Red Sea.
You know “the rest of the story” . . .
After a bit of grumbling and complaining,
The people of God obeyed
The command to “stand still,”
And they did indeed see
And experience the salvation of the Lord
As they walked through
The Red Sea on dry ground
And then saw the waters
Close over the Egyptian army
And destroy it.
Being still was still something for the Israelites . . .
It demonstrated their trust in
And dependence on the Lord God.
Now let’s look at the New Testament. Luke 10:38-42 tells us that as Jesus and His disciples were on their way, He came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to Him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what He said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore, tell her to help me.’ And Jesus answered and said to her, ‘Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. But one thing is need, and Mary has chosen that good part, which not be taken away from her.’”
What a profound illustration
Of being still
Still being something!
That it is
The best of things.
Martha and her sister Mary were both busily engaged in preparing the meal for Jesus. Both women served the Lord and both loved the Lord. But . . .
Martha saw the meal
As the most important thing,
While Mary saw the Master
As the most important thing.
Martha was addicted to activity;
Mary was adoring Jesus.
The message is clear.
There is most definitely a time to work . . .
But there are also those vitally important times
For us to be still in the presence of our Savior.
The question that you and I must ask ourselves is this: “Does my life reflect my understanding of the importance of both those times?”
This is God’s Word For Today … This Is Grace For The Journey
Rest and Rejoice in this eternal truth!
Ephesians 4:7 – “But to each one of us grace has been given as Christ apportioned it.”
Hebrews 4:16 – “Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”