30/30 Challenge: Day 8

women's devotional bible #3030challenge

This morning I found myself heading down a path of thinking that used to result in me being angry and depressed all day. Then I was like, “Nope, not gonna do that. Not today.”

What used to creep into my mind, take root, and upset me is no longer calling the shots. And it’s only day 8! If this is the sort of positive change I see after a week, I can’t wait to see where I’ll be at the end of the #3030challenge.

Actually, yes I can wait. Because tonight I studied patience 🙂

You know in my research, I was able to find more Bible verses relating to patience than I was for anger and forgiveness. Patience is a big deal, apparently.

The verses I wrote down for tonight had a pretty clear message:

  • The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still. (Exodus 14:14)
  • Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes. (Psalm 37:7)
  • Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)

Be still.

As I contemplated those two little words, I finally began to understand their profound nature. It’s easier to do bad or do good than it is to simply be still. Whether ‘good’ or ‘bad,’ doing means acting on our own accord. It means attempting to manifest what we desire in the world- and if it lines up with what God desires, then all the better.

But you know what they say about having too many cooks in the kitchen…

Even if we think we’re doing the Lord’s work, we may just be getting in the Lord’s way. And what I gather from my study is that God is active and does more without humans than He does with us. After all, God was hard at work even before the creation of man.

So as for me, I’m gonna chill. And be still.

*Rae

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12 thoughts on “30/30 Challenge: Day 8

  1. This is so good, Rae. I really needed to read this and I know a friend who will benefit from it as well. She is having a really bad time of things and I just keep trying to make things better… and nothing works. When she asks me to pray I say “I will” and I do in my own time. Next time she asks I will do it right then and there and ask God to do His work.
    Blessings,
    Lydia!

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  2. Oh, I’m so happy you liked it! When I post these, a part of me gets a little insecure and comments like yours make me feel like my words actually help. I know how you feel, for the longest i kept trying to fix myself and my situation and each attempt just made it even messier. So when I feel like God is telling me to chill out, I do not argue. I hope things turn out well for your friend and you, too!

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  3. I love this! It’s so beautiful to see the Spirit bringing forth fruit so fast in you beloved. Our Lord has surely blessed you with wisdom with eyes to see and ears to hear and precious words to speak.

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  4. Thank you, that’s very encouraging! When I started out, I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to sustain my faith since it’s reaching whole new depths- but I’m not alone. I’ve got God and boy! He’s something powerful. I’m amazed. I really am. God bless you and thank you again for your comment!

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  5. Excellent! You are so right. It is hard to be still and wait for God to work. We want to fix it, change iit, manipulate our circumstances, as if God is not in control. You’re walking down a great path, Rae. Keep it up!

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  6. In Exodus 14:15 it is written:

    And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

    It was only as the children of Israel began to move forward that the Father Above parted the Red Sea. As important as it is to “Be Still” it is just as important to “Move forward in Faith” as the Lord opens up the way. 🙂

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  7. Love this. “Still” is my word of the year and the two aforementioned scriptures are the inspiration behind my choice. I’m still learning to be still, but when I am, just as He promised, He fights for me.

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  8. Glad you enjoyed it! And He sure does! Being still is a new concept for me but the results speak for themselves. Thanks for your comment (:

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  9. I once had a dream. I saw a baby monkey sucking milk from a feeder, then he played for a while with his empty feeder then went to sleep. I was watching him with great interest and envying his worryless ways.

    From that time some 18 months ago, I’m learning to “be still” and let God fight for me.

    I’m glad that I’m not the only one learning to follow God, not go my way. It’s easier said then done but I trust the Lord to help me learn to follow him and be as care-free as a baby monkey. Some challenge He has given me!

    Keeps pushing the envelop. Keeps taking me where no man gone before.

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