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Be Still

To the best of your ability, get rid of all distractions. Take a couple of minutes to breathe deeply, to quiet yourself in the Lord’s presence. Prayerfully ask the Lord to speak to you in this time and let Him know that you will be listening and will make whatever adjustments He will reveal to you.

Today’s Bible Reading:

2 Kings 13:1-14:29
Acts 18:23-19:12
Psalm 146:1-10
Proverbs 18:2-3 

Listen to the Lord

Slowly and reflectively read the following verses and listen to what God will say to you through them. Consider writing down any insights He reveals to you.

Psalm 146:3-6 (NLT): “Don’t put your confidence in powerful people; there is no help for you there. When they breathe their last, they return to the earth, and all their plans die with them. But joyful are those who have the God of Israel as their helper, whose hope is in the LORD their God. He made heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them. He keeps every promise forever.”

Reflections from Scripture:

An honest assessment of our heart almost certainly would reveal that we don’t trust the Lord as much as we like to think we do. 

Imagine that you have been unjustly accused of a heinous crime you didn’t commit. Because someone was murdered, there is a very real possibility that you may receive the death penalty. How would you respond? Might you say a few prayers but rely almost entirely upon your attorney and the compassion of the jury? 

We say we trust the Lord, but when times get tough, we often find that we are putting much more trust in people than in the Lord.

The scenario I just painted took place in John 19:9-11. Yet, when we observe how Jesus responded, we realize that He handled it much differently than we would. His trust wasn’t in a powerful person but in the Father.

John 19:9-11 (NLT): “He (Pilate) took Jesus back into the headquarters again and asked him, ‘Where are you from?’ But Jesus gave no answer. ‘Why don’t you talk to me?’ Pilate demanded. ‘Don’t you realize that I have the power to release you or crucify you?’ Then Jesus said, ‘You would have no power over me at all unless it were given to you from above.’…” 

Is there some circumstance in your life right now where you are reliant upon someone? Are you tempted to place much more trust in them than you are putting in the Lord? Why not determine to place your trust in the Lord and spend much time in prayer. Trust the Lord to oversee the details.

’Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus,
Just to take Him at His word;
Just to rest upon His promise;
Just to know, Thus saith the Lord.

I’m so glad I learned to trust Thee,
Precious Jesus, Savior, Friend;
And I know that Thou art with me,
Wilt be with me to the end.

Jesus, Jesus, how I trust Him,
How I’ve proved Him o’er and o’er,
Jesus, Jesus, Precious Jesus!
O for grace to trust Him more.

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, please forgive me for frequently trusting people more than I trust You. I often trust what I can see much more than what I cannot see. The world is looking for something real, and I want to show those who are watching me that my God is real. Just as Your trust in the Father made Pilate stop and think, help my trust in You to do the same for those observing me. “O for grace to trust You more.” Amen.

Matt Ellis is the pastor of First Baptist Church in Polk City, Florida (fbcpolkcity.com). His latest book is God’s Grace in the Real World. Connect with him on FacebookTwitter, or LinkedIn.

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