Do you glow with the glory of the Lord?

July 12, 2018

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Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai with the two tablets of the covenant law in his hands, he was not aware that his face was radiant because he had spoken with the Lord.
(Exodus 34:29 (NIV))

Very few people have been able to do what Moses did on Mount Sinai. Adam and Eve walked with God before the fall from grace. Abraham heard God call him to a new land. Moses spoke with God on Mount Sinai. The prophets relayed God’s messages to the people and the disciples spoke face to face with Jesus. Even in these examples, only Moses is recorded as being radiant because he had spoken with the Lord. Moses was the only person since the fall from grace to have been in God’s glorious presence. It makes me wonder what Adam and Eve looked like since they walked with God. Were they radiant in their appearance?

Do you long to radiate with the presence of the Lord?

Do you long to spend time in His glorious presence?

Do you long to hear His Word and have it become such a part of you that your very countenance glows with His righteousness?

Do you want others to see this radiance on you and in you and know that you love the Lord?

I realize that I ask a lot of questions, but a relationship with the Lord is a personal matter and the only way to truly build that relationship is to know what you truly desire on a personal level. It is not based on what your parents did. It is not based on what I write. It is not based on what your children do. It is not based on what your preacher says. It is entirely based on your personal desire to spend time in the presence of the Lord. I honestly believe that this is why I love the following verse so much. It reminds me that I am nothing if I do not spend time in God’s presence, if I do not allow the Lord’s grace to overflow onto me, into me and through me.

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

Is it obvious to others that the Lord’s radiance is upon you?

Do you glow with the glory of the Lord?

Copyright 1998 – 2018 Dennis J. Smock
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How well do you know God?

August 26, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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“Be still, and know that I am God;
(Psalms 46:10a (NIV))

How often can you take the time to sit in silence? If you are like me, the hectic lifestyles that we live do not allow any time like this. Yet, God has made us for these times. He did not make us to live in this hectic pace. He made us to be at peace with Him, with the world, and with ourselves.

How can we receive this peace?

God told us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” He did not tell us to live our lives frantically striving to attain something worldly. He told us to be still.

God is not going to shout to get our attention. God is a gentleman. He will not force Himself on anyone, yet He is there for everyone. You must approach Him! You must then learn to be still in His presence and nurture the relationship that He longs to have with you. You must learn to long for a relationship with God.

How do you approach someone that you wish to get to know? Do you go somewhere where it is really noisy, or do you go somewhere where it is quiet and you can talk. God wishes to talk to us in this manner. He also wishes for us to talk to Him in this manner.

Be still and listen.

Be still and talk.

Be still and know.

How well do you know God?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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Be still

July 28, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.
(Psalms 37:7 (NIV))

How many times have you found yourself wanting to do what God would have you do, only to have your “apple cart” upset by someone who is doing the worldly thing? I know that it happens far too often for my tastes. It is hard to keep the world from creeping in when this happens. We must do as the Psalmist told us. We must be still and wait on God. God has an eternal time clock and an eternal plan for not only us, but for the whole world and everyone in it. We must wait on God for what He is working in our lives. If we diligently seek Him, He will fill us to overflowing with the gifts that He would have us possess. We must also keep still and patient when it concerns the wicked schemes of others.

Often, people have come to know Jesus as their personal Lord and Savior only after they have succeeded in all worldly matters. Sometimes they achieve everything that they wanted from the world and still find an emptiness that they cannot fill. Sometimes, the world turns on them and they hit rock bottom and then they turn upward to receive Jesus. Either way, God was patient with them. He was still and waited until the time was right for these people to be reached. We must not look on these people and envy them for their worldly gain. We must pray for them and wait on God to work in their lives. Who knows? Maybe these people that are succeeding in their wicked ways will someday need to turn to God, and God has kept you waiting so that you could be the vessel that He uses to touch them. We must also remember that God created each of us as unique individuals and that He does not have two identical life plans or plans for salvation.

Be still. Listen to God. Is He telling you to watch and pray for those around you? God speaks in different ways to different people. He is that still, small voice. He does not force Himself on anyone, but He is eager to speak to those who will be still and listen.

When was the last time that you were still?

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Are we still stuck in the ritual?

May 3, 2010

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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Now he had to go through Samaria. So he came to a town in Samaria called Sychar, near the plot of ground Jacob had given to his son Joseph. Jacob’s well was there, and Jesus, tired as he was from the journey, sat down by the well. It was about the sixth hour.

When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus said to her, “Will you give me a drink?” (His disciples had gone into the town to buy food.)

The Samaritan woman said to him, “You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman. How can you ask me for a drink?” (For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?”

Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

The woman said to him, “Sir, give me this water so that I won’t get thirsty and have to keep coming here to draw water.”

He told her, “Go, call your husband and come back.”

“I have no husband,” she replied.
Jesus said to her, “You are right when you say you have no husband. The fact is, you have had five husbands, and the man you now have is not your husband. What you have just said is quite true.”

“Sir,” the woman said, “I can see that you are a prophet. Our fathers worshiped on this mountain, but you Jews claim that the place where we must worship is in Jerusalem.”

Jesus declared, “Believe me, woman, a time is coming when you will worship the Father neither on this mountain nor in Jerusalem. You Samaritans worship what you do not know; we worship what we do know, for salvation is from the Jews. Yet a time is coming and has now come when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for they are the kind of worshipers the Father seeks. God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and in truth.”
(John 4:4-21 (NIV))

Jesus was always breaking tradition and the “rules” of the day. This particular exchange was no different. It was a major no, no to talk with a Samaritan. It was also considered bad to be in a conversation about theology with a woman. It was also very bad to be seen consorting with a known adulterous. Yet, Jesus broke all three Jewish cultural traditions in this conversation. In this exchange, He also broke another Jewish tradition. It was the Jewish law that God was to be worshipped at the Temple in Jerusalem, yet, He clearly stated that the time was coming (the time of the Gentiles) when God could be worshipped anywhere in spirit and in truth by anyone!

Consider the meaning of this conversation! Once again, Jesus had corrected the thinking of the day with the way God had actually intended for this to be done.

We are living in a time when we see things through the eyes and actions of Jesus. Do we actually follow the intentions as Jesus laid them out before us, or are we still stuck in the ritual as the Jews were at that time?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
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Where do you turn?

October 26, 2009

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

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

My Sunday school class has been using a series of books by a well known preacher and writer. As we have moved through them, we have decided that we don’t really have a teacher, but rather someone who will help to facilitate the discussions. As a result, we have taken turns acting as the facilitator.

This morning, a friend veered off from the book and delivered a fantastic lesson. Even though we had decided that we would not have a teacher because no one truly feels qualified to teach, God used him to teach us something. I know that I was taught something.

He started off the lesson by saying that he was going to read the definition to a word and we were to write down what we thought that word was. He went through three different definitions to three different words. After we knew what each word was, we were to write down the corresponding Bible verse or verses that were of special meaning to us in relationship to those words. Surprisingly enough, the verse that came to my mind for all three words was the very same verse. Other people came up with much different verses.

The definitions that my friend read to us gave us the following three words:
– assurance
– favorite
– comfort

His lesson was a very profound one for me. It made me think about why I love Psalm 46:10 so much. To put it into a nutshell, it gives me the assurance that He is God and He is always there. All I have to do is be still in His presence. It is my favorite, for it is easy to remember and focus on when the world begins to make things so hectic that I feel that I am about to lose myself. It brings comfort to me, for it reminds me that God is always there. He will not forsake me. He will not abandon me. He is and will always be there. He does not leave. All that I have to do is to be still in His presence.

To me, Psalm 46:10 is my “life verse.” It is the verse that I hold in my heart when I need assurance. It is the verse that I hold in my heart because of it’s promise. It is the verse I hold in my heart for times when I need comfort. I love other passages, for they all hold many delightful promises for me.

All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work.
(2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NIV))

However, I always return to Psalm 46:10. It is my foundation. It is where I turn when I need assurance. It is where I turn when I think of my favorite passage. It is where I turn when I need comfort.

Where do you turn?

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
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Wrapped up in our own little worlds

October 9, 2009

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living©

As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. For in the days before the flood, people were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark; and they knew nothing about what would happen until the flood came and took them all away. That is how it will be at the coming of the Son of Man. Two men will be in the field; one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding with a hand mill; one will be taken and the other left.
(Matthew 24:37-41 (NIV))

Isn’t it amazing how easily we get so wrapped up in our own little worlds that we ignore the things that we should truly be wrapped up in?

Some people take this to the extreme with respect to the blessings they have been given in this world. They ignore spouse, children, other family and friends all for the sake of doing something that truly has no value beyond the day. No wonder the coming of the Son of Man will be as it is foretold. Even if we, as humanity, are given blatant signs that the time is drawing near, we will miss them because we are so wrapped up in our daily lives that are completely focused on our own little worlds.

Perhaps Psalms 46:10 is more appropriate than we care to admit when it tells us “Be still, and know that I am God.” We have let the worldly things become our gods and we pay homage to them in our frantic pace while we ignore the one, true God. God gave us our lives to enjoy. We are to enjoy each other, the talents that He has given us, the world that He created for us, the salvation that He has given to us, and, especially, we are to enjoy time with God.

Don’t get so wrapped up in this world that you miss what is truly important in your life.

Where is family?

Where is friendship?

Where is quiet time to sit at the feet of Jesus and to be still and know God?

Don’t be left behind because you did not know the heart of God!

Copyright 1998 – 2009 Dennis J. Smock
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