Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God!- Psalm 46:10
Why, Lord, are we more interested in looking good to others than doing right by you? We go days without considering you, but we always are concerned about what others think of us. We pretend that appearing to have it all together makes it so.
We pretend that our own efforts can make our lives whole, but our sin-infection produces chaos and vanity; our well-crafted appearances show cracks. Lord, thank You for not leaving us to our own devices. Thank You for Christ who heals our infection and the Holy Spirit who turns our affections to you. Take all of us, Lord. We are yours. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. Philippians 1:6
Has God called you to do something you don’t feel capable of doing? Could you think of a dozen others better suited for the job? It doesn’t matter what you think, God didn’t choose somebody else! He chose you in spite of your limitations and insecurities. Your inadequacies don’t surprise Him. In fact, His ‘power works best in weakness’ (2 Corinthians 12:9). Jon Walker says: ‘You may…hide your weaknesses from others, but you can’t hide them from God. He created you (do you think He made a mistake?). He created you with weaknesses to keep you on your knees…without them to push you back to God you’ll get prideful…and He won’t allow you to use them as an excuse for avoiding your mission or ignoring your purpose.
If God is calling you to a monumental task, He will equip you to complete it – and that includes the Holy Spirit working from inside you. So focus on His strength, not yours. Don’t think about how incapable you are for the task. Remember, God is bigger than anything you face, no matter how overwhelming it may appear.’ The Bible says we were ‘created in Christ…to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do’ (Ephesians 2:10). God’s plans are never an afterthought. He designed you for a specific purpose, and the One ‘who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion’. So instead of letting fear stop you, let it motivate you to get up and get going!
Heavenly Father, thank You for designing me for a specific purpose, and for using me even when I feel inadequate and insecure. In Jesus’ Name, Amen
Devotional By Tim Hetzner
2 Minutes of SILENT PRAYER & REFLECTION.