Rest in God

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, he said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.”
(Mark 6:31 (NIV))

Perhaps it is important to understand the context of when these words were spoken. Jesus spoke these word to His disciples after He had sent them out to do His work. He was preparing them for work of the Kingdom without Him. Also, remember that these words fall right after we hear of the beheading of John the Baptist and right before the feeding of the five thousand. These words come from events that would be considered stressful in anyone’s life.

“Be still, and know that I am God;
(Psalm 46:10a(NIV))

It is a common theme throughout the Bible that we are told to be still or to be in a quiet place. God designed us for times of solitude so that He can communicate with us. The message is the same whether it is in the Old Testament or the New Testament. Perhaps, then, we should take heed of these words and go with Jesus to a quiet place and get some rest, after all, the world has become a stressful place. We are constantly being pulled in this direction and in that direction. We are constantly under the influence of sin from all directions. We need the quiet time with Jesus to recharge and to re-equip ourselves to face another day.

Everyone needs time with God on a daily basis. Be careful, though, that your time does not turn into a session where you give God a list of things that you “need” and do not allow God to tell you what He wants for you. God wants to communicate with you, but, He does not want it to be a one sided exchange.

Don’t you think that the Creator of all of the universe has something for you to hear if you will only be still and listen?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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