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01/01/2008

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A Pause In The Action


"Be still and know that I am God" (Ps.46:10).

One day a little girl slipped into her father's study. Without saying a word, she quietly sat down on the floor beside him, watching him at work. After a while he said, "Honey, is there something you want?" "No," she replied, "I am just sitting here loving you." She soon left as quietly as she had come in, not realizing the lesson she had just taught to her father. She had not come in to ask for anything. She just wanted to be near him to love him. The thought came to her father of how often he spent time in the presence of God, not to make requests, but just to love Him.

God wants us to pray. He wants us to make requests. But He also wants us to spend time with Him. Often we are so busy, that we rush into His presence, make our requests, and rush out. No time spent in meditation, or solitude with God. God says, "Be still and know that I am God."

In the Old Testament, God called Abraham, "My Friend" (Isa. 41:8). David was known as "a man after Mine own heart" (Acts 13:22). How about us? Are we God's friend, or after His own heart? Are we learning to just take time and be still and become intimately acquainted with God? Is Jesus a casual acquaintance, or a dear close friend with whom we enjoy spending time?

To get better acquainted with God necessitates spending more time with Him. It means more than a quick prayer or a quick scripture or two. It takes more than a few well meaning requests for others and ourselves and asking to be blessed. Getting better acquainted with Him requirres that we get quietly into our spiritual selves. That we become quiet in His presence. We need to meditate quietly on who He is and how much He has done for us.

I believe that as we meditate on the holiness and greatness of our God, we will be able to comprehend that His love and concern for each of us is very personal. This is a different kind of worship that we do on Sunday mornings. It is more personal and reflects our adoration.

As we live our fast paced lives, lets not deprive ourselves of the wonderful, personal, and quiet fellowship that we can have with Him. Maybe we might ask ourself, "How well do I know God?" As the new year begins, may the prayers within us include that we might take time to "Be still, and know God."

Have a wonderful New Years Day... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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