For the choir director. A Maskil of the sons of Korah. As the deer pants for the water brooks, So my soul pants for You, O God.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth
Today My spouse and I had a nice time just taking it easy, doing pretty much what we wanted.
After he got his lunch at one of his favorite places and I got my visit to a thrift store, we both asked what the other wanted to do next. That was NOT the hamster wheel I wanted to ride!
Sometimes we get asked to do things we don’t really want to, or go somewhere we’d rather not be; other times I call “over-accommodating”, where no one will make a decision! Times like that, everyone seems to end up back at the house, disengaged, doing his or her own thing!
Let me pause here for a quick story, speaking of hamster wheels! I stopped in a pet store a long while ago and was fascinated by this hamster, running around quickly on its play wheel. The little thing just kept going and going. Every now and then it would run out of steam, stop and pant, then start going again. I don’t know if it realized it COULD get off, or if it was determined to show that wheel who was boss!
I’ve spent my fair share on the hamster wheel. I would just go, go and go some more until I don’t know if it was momentum, stubbornness or what, driving me!
I have talked to a couple of friends this week who were telling me things that needed to get done. Even if they took a break from it, temporarily, there was a near certain probability that no one would go in their stead and rob them of the opportunity to complete it Either way, they win.. plus they got rest!
I had my own challenges this week, as I was equally intent on getting my house clean and prepared for company! No one will or can do things like I do! Mine is not the ONLY “way” of doing things though.. WHAT? Newsflash! Nothing is quite so real as the TRUTH!
Scripture CLEARLY tells us to “be still”. Why do we feel driven at times to invest so much effort in some things and not enough in others? What ARE our goals and ambitions? Will you give yourself a test? I know, not my favorite word either, so my school transcripts will testify!
What is MOST important to you?
(Not the “church” or the “This is part of a devotional” answer.. your first real response).
Same thing, first instinct:
What is your ONE goal in life?
How do you want to be remembered ?(A word or two, but no longer than one sentence).
What kind of friend are you? Would you want yourself as a friend?
What is your “hamster wheel”?
If we are going to pursue, let it be things of God. If we are going to pant, let it be for the glorious, refreshment of the Word!
You trust God, right?? You believe in The Lord and that you have the power through Him to change! You CAN step away from the “hamster wheel”. Yes, there is work, there are fierce competitors for our time, HOWEVER, our LIFE belongs to the Creator! The next time you’ve convinced yourself that, in spite of best efforts, “being still” remains only good in theory to you, recall this passage and know that since God said it, this MUST BE TRUE!
Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
Sweet and Loving Father
Thank You for visual demonstrations
You are The Magnificent Teacher
Master and Lord
You instruct us in ways You
Know we can understand
Lord, unlike these little creatures, hamsters
You have given us a spirit
A mind to reason
Ability to understand logic
Intellect and wisdom
We have the capability to set priorities
In our lives
Father, just as Adam, Eve and mankind since has been given free will
So have we
With such freedom, comes tremendous responsibility
One such is the choice to obey You
Before we hop blindly onto that “hamster wheel”
And start running ferociously in circles
Please open our hearts and minds to what
Your Word tells us in Psalm 37:4
“Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.”
May it be so that we earnestly and passionately desire
A better, closer relationship with our Savior
Let us, please realize that we must “be still” to
Hear what is being said to us
When and where there is busyness, chaos and confusion
We cannot possibly focus on what Your plan is for our lives
Please enlighten us to where we are running at full speed
Trying to capture something we cannot even identify
Let our hearts accept what our minds more than likely already know is the answer
And please give us the willingness to change
In the Powerful Name of Jesus
We rebuke the voice of the liar
Who tries to draw attention away from the Truth
We claim our peace in Your promises!
We want peace
Yet we overwhelm ourselves
Bless Your Name, Most High
For the Gift of Life
Purchased by the blood shed on Calvary
And the miracle beyond articulation
When death was swallowed up by victory! Hallelujah!
May we accept it humbly
And with a heart of gratitude
In the Name of Jesus
“As The Deer”
“Be Still and Know”
“Standing On The Promises”
“I Can Do All Things Through Christ Who Strengthens Me”