So many times with all the trials and tribulations that come our way we feel overwhelmed by life’s problems and we think that we can’t find our way out of those situations successfully. What I have found to be true is that with my strength and ability I can accomplish and overcome very little, but when I add God’s strength and ability to mine, I find that nothing will be impossible to me. When we ask for God’s sustenance and provision our wisdom increases, our ability becomes accelerated and our resolve to never give up becomes strengthened. That is why prayer is so very important in our lives. When we lift our eyes up to heaven asking the Lord to lead us, guide us, encourage us, inspire us, strengthen us and give us His peace that surpasses all understanding that is when we will walk in clarity because we will know what our next step should be. The Bible declares in Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God…” There is no need for us to worry about our tomorrows. There is no need for us to fear what is unknown to us because God is already there. Be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 86:3-7) (2 Timothy 1:7)
He knows what our tomorrow holds and when we are in communion with Him, we will know His will for our life and we will walk in confidence knowing that our future is held securely in the palms of the Lord. The Bible declares in Proverbs 8:17 “I love them that love me; and those that seek me early shall find me.” We must seek the Lord first when we are in need of direction. We don’t go to God after we have tried everything else on our own, but rather we seek God’s will, God directing, God’s counsel first and because we do we don’t have to go through the detours, the mishaps, the storms and tunnels that bring confusion, heartache and struggle. When we go to the Lord first He will bring light where there was darkness and He will make every crooked path straight. That is what we read in Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.” (Psalm 17:8) (Isaiah 26:3-4)
Be encouraged to spend time alone with the Lord every day. Share with God all of your hopes and dreams, fears and uncertainties and receive the peace, joy and rest that He will impart into your heart reassuring you that all will be well in the end. God is faithful to be with us when we seek Him and calm our hearts when we Praise and Glorify His Name.
I hope this message inspires and challenges your heart to spend time alone with the Lord every single day seeking His will, His direction and His provision while also giving thanks and praise for all that He has done for you throughout your life
TIME TO BE QUIET
Popular author and speaker Ken Blanchard sometimes tells a powerful story about Red, a corporate president who, as a young man, learned an important and life-changing lesson. Red had just graduated from college and was offered an opportunity to interview for a position with a firm in New York City. As the job involved moving his wife and small child from Texas to New York, he wanted to talk the decision over with someone before accepting it, but his father had died and Red did not feel he had anybody to turn to. On impulse, he telephoned an old friend of the family; someone his father had suggested he turn to if he ever needed good advice.
The friend said he would be happy to give Red advice about the job offer under the condition that the young man takes whatever advice he was given. “You might want to think about that for a couple of days before hearing my suggestion,” he was told.
Two days later Red called the man back and said he was ready to listen to his counsel. “Go on to New York City and have the interview,” the older man said. “But I want you to go up there in a very special way. I want you to go on a train and I want you to get a private compartment. Don't take anything to write with, anything to listen to or anything to read, and don't talk to anybody except to put in your order for dinner with the porter. When you get to New York call me and I will tell you what to do next.”
Red followed the advice precisely. The trip took two days. As he had brought along nothing to do and kept entirely to himself, he quickly became bored. It soon dawned on him what was happening. He was being forced into quiet time. He could do nothing but think and meditate. About three hours outside New York City he broke the rules and asked for a pencil and paper. Until the train stopped, he wrote -- the culmination of all his meditation.
Red called the family friend from the train station. “I know what you wanted,” he said. “You wanted me to think. And now I know what to do. I don't need any more help.”
“I didn't think you would, Red,” came the reply. “Good luck.”
Sorry, I don't know if he took the job or not. But Blanchard reports that, years later, Red headed a corporation in California. And he always made it a policy to take a couple of days to be alone. He went where there was no phone, no television, no distractions and no people. He went to be alone; to meditate and to listen.
The French writer and Nobel Prize winner André Gide reminds us to “be faithful to that which exists within yourself.” But how can we be faithful when we don't really know what is inside?
The answer for me is to be quiet. To still my mind...and to listen. I'll soon know what to do.
By Steve Goodier
Read and meditate on these scriptures:
Psalm 37:23-27 “The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and He delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with His hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He is ever merciful, and lendeth; and his seed is blessed. Depart from evil, and do good; and dwell for evermore.”
Psalm 5:1-3 “Give ear to my words, O Lord, consider my meditation. Hearken unto the voice of my cry, my King, and my God: for unto Thee will I pray. My voice shalt Thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto Thee, and will look up.”
Psalm 37:3-6 “Trust in the Lord, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and He shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in Him; and He shall bring it to pass. And He shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.”
Psalm 103:1-5 “Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless His holy name. Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits: Who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases; Who redeemeth thy life from destruction; who crowneth thee with lovingkindness and tender mercies; Who satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is renewed like the eagle's.”
All of these scriptures can be found in the King James Version Bible.
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