Silence and Centering
“Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10
Lord, You are good to all and show Your mercy to all that You have made. We receive Your blessings with joy, but neglect to share them with others. We fill our shiny new storehouses, praising Your faithfulness all the way, while the world around us is hungry, longing for even a taste of what we’ve been given. You have blessed us to be a blessing so that all the earth may praise Your Name, but we make Your blessings all about us. Lord, forgive us in Your mercy, sending us to share Your blessings with all. In Jesus’ Name we pray. Amen.
PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE
Reading & Devotional:
“By faith Enoch was taken from this life, so that he did not experience death: “He could not be found, because God had taken him away.” For before he was taken, he was commended as one who pleased God.” (Hebrews 11:5)
Do you ever look around at our culture and our world and feel like you’re the only one who cares about doing the right thing? Do you ever just wonder what has happened with our world? I sometimes do. And we are not the first generation to feel that way. Going way back, we learn about Enoch, a man who the Bible tells us lived by faith and pleased God.
Enoch lived long ago in the ancient days when people lived longer. He lived until he was 365 years old, when God took him up to heaven. Enoch lived in a very corrupt culture. He lived in the days before the flood, in the midst of generations who were living for themselves, where vices were treated as virtues, he lived before the promise given to Noah and the covenant with Abraham.
He had it rough…yet Enoch faithfully walked with God. This means he:
1) Was headed in God’s direction. Pursuing God’s goals for his life.
2) Followed God’spath. He took the route/way God wanted him to go.
3) Went at God’s pace. He kept in step with the Spirit.
Enoch lived a life of habitual fellowship with God. He was by no means perfect, but he lived his faith out daily. I like to say he “faithed” his way through life. His life was controlled by the unseen Reality of God. You see, faith is doing your belief (i.e., actively trusting) and “walking with God” is the habit of that.
May you and I “faith” our way through today to the glory of God. May the words of our mouths and the meditations of our hearts please Him.
Question: Is there any area of your life where you are resisting God’s direction, his path or his pace? Where is it hard to trust him?
Challenge: Remember that God is a rewarder of those who seek him.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, thank you for leading and guiding us. Help us to take steps of faith today in your direction. Amen.
Devotional By Geoff Horn
Conclude with 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE