I have started a new devotional book; well I have started several new books actually! I tend to be all or nothing. And I went from reading zero books to about five. We will see if I can keep up HA!
Anyway, one of these books is called “5 Minutes with Jesus-Making Today Matter” by Sheila Walsh.
Each day there is a short bit of encouragement followed by 5 bible verses relating to the topic she is writing about and it has made such a difference in my day.
To be brutally honest, I was only reading a short passage in Psalms or Proverbs each (sometimes just most) mornings and I can’t say that it always spoke to me. I realize that has nothing to do with God’s word but simply just my lack of openness of heart to receive encouragement. Well, this book, as well as others, has given me such incredible direction in the Bible! By reading topics that focus the solution towards the Word, I find I am seeking more and more answers on that topic beyond the recommended verses.
That brought to mind this verse: “The heart of him that hath understanding seeketh knowledge: but the mouth of fools feedeth on foolishness.”- Proverbs 15:14. In other words, the more we learn and understand that we need to knowledge of God the more we want it! I love that thought.
The more we feed our soul the more it craves!
The particular encouragement I found so beneficial to me was centered around the verse: “Be Still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”-Psalm 46:10 As the author did, I always assumed the ‘Be still’ meant calm and quiet. And I have always found that to be challenging. I am not a loud or excitable person by nature, yet I still find it hard to force myself to be calm and quiet at most points of the days. I can make my body still but not my mind. Upon further research Walsh explains that the phrase ‘Be still’ is the Hebrew root of “Let go.”
Wow! This made so much more sense to me! Of course that would be the key to allowing God to run things…we have to let go of control! Let go of the stress that we are allowing to overwhelm us. Let go of the hurt we have from those that have failed us. Let go of the guilt we have from times we have failed others. If we can let go of this, we can truly have the peace God wants to bestow on us daily and completely rest in His grace.
Let go. God’s got this.