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: Psalms 46:1-10
We live in a world that is full of different types of challenges & activities, everyone rushing everywhere to do different things. Our society today is fast paced preoccupied with personal, family, education or business engagements. Many indulged in hobbies, sports or pleasures at the expense of time with God. Although this has reduced of recent due to COVID-19 pandemic, Yet many instead of building close relationship with God, they still have distant relationship & fellowship with Him.
Many take time for short prayers in the morning, night, or at meals. A large number don’t even have time to pray in the mornings as they rush out, and when they have not rushed out due to lockdown, they have other priorities to spend their time on, fellowship with God is at the bottom of their list. Some spend a few moments reading the Bible or a devotional message or book, others are content sleeping or watching TV on Sunday’s since we can’t fellowship in our churches due to lockdown, this has made some more distant from personal fellowship with God. 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 His Kingdom 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 Him. We cannot be still when we are too busy or if our minds are preoccupied by daily pressures, or if we are not focused on Him. When we stand still, we withdraw from the battle and allow God take over just as King Jehoshaphat did in 2 Chronicles 20; and God took over his battle. Also read 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 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 today in Jesus name.
Prayer point: O LORD, help me be still and fight my battles for me in Jesus name
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)