Memorize: “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10.
Devotional Reading: 2 Chronicles 20:1-25
We live in a world that is full of different types of challenges and activities, everyone rushing everywhere to do different things.
Just look around. Think about your life, your schedule, your friends and family. It becomes clear that many people simply are busy. They rush about, preoccupied with personal, family, education or business tasks. Indulging in hobbies or pleasures with little or no time for God. Yet, as a recent survey confirmed, nearly half of all adults admit that they don’t have enough time to do the things they want to do. Many said there isn’t enough hours in the day. In the midst of crammed schedules, we can wonder how God fits in.
Many take time for short prayers at morning, night, or at meals. A large number don’t even have time to pray in the mornings as they rush out. Some spend a few moments reading the Bible or a devotional message or book, others are content going to church once a week. But is this really the way we should act towards the Almighty God? Is this all we can offer him? The Bible says that we should seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. This means that He should be our highest priority. Seeking God shouldn’t be an afterthought or second option, but a dominant goal pursued with Joy.
We also are commanded to be still before Him. To take time to listen. To reflect on His Word. To seek. We cannot be still when we are too busy or if our minds are preoccupied by daily pressures. When we stand still, we withdraw from the battle and allow God take the fore front, then we see the salvation of the Lord. 2 Chronicles 20:17; Exodus 14:13. Many have lost battles they should have won simply because they did not stand still, they tried to fight the battle themselves, making God secondary in the matter. Many rush through situations without seeking the face of God. We should wait in the place of stillness before Him.
How can we hear Him if we rush through a brief time of prayer or Bible reading? Being still means eliminating distractions and focusing on God. It means waiting in His presence and listening to Him. It means reading His Word. And it means time dedicated to prayer and communion with Him. The Bible reminds us that God longs to have an intimate relationship with us. This means you! He wants to speak to you, guide you, teach you new things, and change your life. Do not take God for granted. Make Him your highest priority. And be still before Him. May the Lord help you to be still before God and know that the battle is not yours, but God’s. The Lord will give you VICTORY in all your battles in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, fight my battles for me and help me BE STILL!
Key Dose: The battle is not yours, it belongs to God, allow him fight for you and HOLD YOUR PEACE!!
Pastor James Ademuyiwa
Senior Pastor (IHPCT)