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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. Then, 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:

Jeremiah 31:27–32:44
1 Timothy 3:1-16
Psalm 88:1-18
Proverbs 25:20-22

Listen to the Lord

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

Jeremiah 32:17 (NLT): “O Sovereign LORD! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you!”

Reflections from Scripture:

Jeremiah 32:17 is so comforting, isn’t it? It reminds us of how powerful our God is.

That truth is never so precious as when our life seems to be out of control. Bills may be piling up. An unjust boss may be out to get us. Our children may be rejecting what we taught them. A loved one’s marriage may be falling apart.

Yet, we are reminded that God, who made the heavens and the earth, is Almighty! Nothing, absolutely nothing, is too difficult for Him!

That is such a comforting thought. But, it remains only a thought to us if we do not appropriate it. Our troubles may continue even though God is powerful enough to do something about them. So, spend much time in prayer. Call out to God Almighty. Ask Him for what you need while you rest in the fact that He can easily provide what He knows you need if it is within His all-wise will.

So, today, realize that you serve a big God! And let that thought cause you to rest in Him and call out to Him in prayer.

Spend Time in Prayer

Lord Jesus, I need to confess that sometimes I treat my problems like they are huge, and I treat You like You’re small. That mindset is not based on truth, and it works to undermine my happiness and peace of mind. Please help me, instead, to see my problems as minor and You as big and powerful. And then let me find such comfort in that fact. I pray this in Your Name, 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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