A Life Filled With Good Things
He fills my life with good things! My youth is renewed like the eagle’s! PSALM 103:5 TLB
Some days it feels impossible to silence our minds or slow the pace of our lives. Our schedules, demands, and responsibilities are moving us through the months so fast that we barely have the strength at the end of a day to do any soul-searching or prayerful reflecting. Our heads hit our pillows, and the next thing we know our alarms are going off again.
In Psalm 4:4–5, David encourages us with these words: “Stand before the Lord in awe, and do not sin against Him. Lie quietly upon your bed in silent meditation. Put your trust in the Lord” (TLB). Silencing our minds and trusting God go hand in hand. But both can be hard to do. We live in a world where we’re told to set goals and do what we have to do to reach them. In the flurry of getting from here to there, we tend to lose sight of the fact that sometimes God wants us to simply wait on Him.
Being silent and standing still go against the world’s way of doing things, but God’s way of doing things will get us to the best place at the perfect time. And our minds and bodies won’t suffer all the unhealthy stress in the process. God fills our lives with good things. If what we’re doing, choosing, or racing to accomplish is fraught with stress, leaving little or no time to get quiet and do some soul-searching, there’s a good chance God isn’t in it. And it’s a good time to realize we need to be still (let go) and let God resume the lead.
A lot of things in our lives can wait if we really think about it. What we want to get done isn’t always what we have to get done. Silence allows God to come in and sort it out. He knows what love would do and what lies ahead— and if we trust the control to Him, it will always be good.
Dear God, Make my heart sensitive to You and Your purposes for my life. Keep my priorities in line with the path You want me to follow.
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