cwkennedy

Weekday devotionals for Christians

The Zone of Silence

Below is a continuation of the devotional “What to Do When Normal is Not Normal” that I started last week…

3) Take time to be quiet.

Psalms 46:7-11
(7) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(8) Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.
(9) He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire.
(10) Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
(11) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.

Time to be quiet is desperately needed by everyone, especially in times of fear and uncertainty.

The world is noisy, and times of quiet become priceless.  I will admit that if I get too much alone time or quiet, I will literally start looking for someone to talk to, but quiet reflection is essential for the well-being of your soul.

I’m not referring only or specifically to your “quiet time” or daily devotional, although you might prefer to combine them. But real quiet time. Just to “be still,” to think, and reflect will help in so many ways.

Take time by enjoying a cup of coffee or tea.  Drink a Pepsi (sorry coke fans, we use coke to clean our toilets around here…LOL), eat a piece of fruit, rub some oils into your hands, wrists, back of the ears, or on top of your head while rubbing your bellies (I couldn’t resist, sorry).  Work on drinking a portion of the half gallon of water that you need (that is for me).  Or do something else that you normally can take a few minutes while being still and reflect.  If you are like me, you will naturally resist doing this, but you might be surprised at how much it will help bring a sense of calm.

Here is where the Bible comes in: what we reflect on should and will help us, if we focus in on it.  God should be our focus.  He knows it all.  He sees it all.  He approved everything that happened in your  life that brought you up to the point where you are today.  Accept it (not that you have much choice) by dismissing the anger, hurt, and frustration that you have by reminding yourself that God is still in control.  He will make you better after this, than you were before this began…if you submit to what He wants in your life.

I have found that when I stop and reflect in difficulty, I get helped when I am reminded of a few things:

There are things that I can not control; I will not worry about or fret over those things. 

There are things that I can control so I will ask the Lord to help me move on with what I can do and do God’s will for me today.

It was a good day in my life when I let go of trying to change that which I could not change either in my past or in my current (state of social distancing).  You might feel a lot better physically when you let go of control over the uncontrollable things.

Last thought:  Reflect on the great things that God has done in your life, I know it will cheer you up and strengthen your faith!

Psalms 46:7-11
(7) The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.
(8) Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth.

April 8, 2020 - Posted by | Coronovirus, Covid-19, Madison Street Baptist Church

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