Glory Seed Devotionals, 2015: Year of Promise
I am sure you’ve heard, read, or seen where we are counseled to find a quiet place where we can be alone with God so we can pray, meditate, and experience the Peace of Christ. I know I have. Among my favorite places are over on the Fort Gratiot Township Ponds or sitting where Lake Huron empties into the St. Clair River. But because it seems as if our lives are becoming more chaotic it is becoming more difficult to find silence in our silent places. And because of our chaotic lives our need for a place of silence is only broken by the still small voice of the Spirit is more needed than ever before.
With those thoughts in mind the Spirit directed me to Psalms 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalms 46:10 ESV) And suddenly I realized my special place wasn’t sitting at a pond nor was it sitting overlooking a river – it was in me! The Psalmist wasn’t directing me to a place he was directing my imagination. One of the things that come alive in my imagination is the bible. Then I realized whenever I open my bible I find myself looking into a paradox because the bible is a place of silence where my chaotic life can find stillness yet at the same it is filled with voices, wonderful voices that testify of God’s love for me.
I know it is absolutely necessary that we read and study our bibles with the assistance of the Holy Spirit but we also need to do so with the power of our imagination.
Perhaps you’ve noticed my use of variety of bible translations there are times when the same verse appearing in different translations more easily draws me into my imagination. For example you’ve already read Psalms 46:10 in the English Standard Version but it wasn’t until I read the same verse in the God’s Word Translation that I found myself alone with God and the voice of the Spirit spoke to me, “Let go of your concerns! Then you will know that I am God. I rule the nations. I rule the earth.” (Psalms 46:10 GW)
Let go of your concerns! Give them to Jesus then listen to the silent voice not only of Spirit but the voices of the bible as well. Then you will know God.
BE strong in the LORD!
Grace and PEACE, Amen!
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“For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them.” (Ephesians 2:10, ESV)
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