19 April 2017 Streams in the Desert – Be still!

Good morning to you.  I hope this finds you well today!

Last night before bed I read from the daily devotional I mentioned to you about before that my Grandma Schmidt gave me a long time ago.  The messages really resonated with me.  The God of my understanding is just energy and is “everything” so the assigning of a gender to God as a “He” doesn’t resonate but when I look beyond that, there is something here for me.  In my greatest time of struggle, sorrow, confusion and fear the one phrase that always comes to me is this, “Be still, and know that I am God.”  (Psalm 46:10 10He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”).

I remember one of the last times we almost got flooded out of our house from heavy rains.  The patio furniture on the front porch was literally floating so I could see it next to the front window and I was so scared!  Then my mind stilled and the voice that comes in these times asked, “What do you want to happen?”  and I thought, “I want it to be still, I want the rain to stop.”  I had to literally let go and let God….be still.  When I “got out of the way” we did not get flooded out of our house and the storm did pass.  When I got “still” inside, this stillness was then manifested outside of myself too.

This is the lesson I feel God is working with me on with regards to my post yesterday, about finding peace within myself so I can live in a peaceful world.  We must first quiet the storms and discord within ourselves, “let God” before the “storms” outside of us can pass to stillness and peace.

I typed up the message I read last night and the one for today so you can read them too.  I know not everyone reads English so if I type them, you can use a translator program and read it in your language.  We may not all believe or worship the exact same God.  For some God is just a fairy tale or superstition or the epitome of an absentee parent.   I get that!  There is one thing we all do have in common in though, and that is the energy force within us and that which makes life on this planet possible.  No matter how different we are, I believe this life force energy binds us all together….makes us the same in all our differentness.  I believe we all come from it and we all go back into it…..Earth is the “vessel”, Earth is the holy grail.

This is the God of my understanding — no matter how separate some would try to be and make themselves, there is no “me” in “one of “we.”  I am in you and you are in me.  

Chalk Picture I drew today: “Only We”

I hope something in these words will resonate with you, help you and even bring comfort to you today!

From the Daily Devotional Streams in the Desert – 1925

April 18

“And he shall bring it to pass.” (Psa. 37.5)

I once thought that after I prayed that it was my duty to do everything that I could do to bring the answer to pass. He taught me a better way, and showed that my self-effort always hindered His working, and that when I prayed and definitely believed Him for anything, He wanted me to wait in the spirit of praise , and only do what He bade me. It seems so unsafe to just sit still, and do nothing but trust the Lord; and the temptation to take the battle into our own hands is often tremendous.

We all know how impossible it is to rescue a drowning man who tries to help his rescuer, and it is equally impossible for the Lord to fight our battles for us when we insist upon trying to fight them ourselves. It is not that He will not, but He cannot. Our interference hinders His working – C.H.P.

Spiritual forces cannot work while earthly forces are active. (this truth went in my pink spirit book!!!)

It takes God time to answer prayer. We often fail to give God a chance in this respect. It takes time for God to paint a rose. It takes time for God to grow an oak. It takes time for God to make bread from the wheat fields. He takes the earth. He pulverizes, He softens. He enriches. He wets with showers and dews. He warms with life. He gives the blade, the stock, and the amber grain, and then at last the bread for the hungry.

All this takes time. Therefore we sow, and till, and wait, and trust, until all God’s purpose has been wrought out. We give God a chance in this matter of time. We need to learn this same lesson in our prayer life. It takes God time to answer prayer. J.H.M.

I’m smitten with rainbow roses!!!

April 19

“Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord.” (Exod. 14:13)

These words contain God’s command to the believer when he is reduced to great straits and brought into extraordinary difficulties. He cannot retreat; he cannot go forward; he is shut upon the right hand and on the left. What is he now to do?

The Master’s word to him is “stand still.” It will be well for him. if, at such times, he listens only to his Master’s word, for other and evil advisers come with their suggestions. Despair whispers, “Lie down and die; give it all up.” But God would have us put on a cheerful courage and even in our worst times, rejoice in His love and faithfulness.

Cowardice says, “Retreat; go back to the worldling’s way of action, you cannot play the Christian’s part; it is too difficult. Relinquish your principles.”

But, however much Satan may urge this course upon you, you cannot follow it, if you are a child of God. His divine fiat has bid thee go from strength to strength, and so thou shalt, and neither death nor hell shall turn thee from they course. What if for a while thou art called to stand still; yet this is but to renew they strength for some greater advance in due time.

Precipitancy cries, “Do something; stir yourself; to stand still and wait is sheer idleness.” We must be doing something at once- we must do it, so we think- instead of looking to the Lord, who will not only do something, but will do everything.

Presumption boasts, “If the sea be before you, march into it, and expect a miracle.” But faith listens neither to Presumption, nor to Despair, nor to Cowardice, nor to Precipitancy, but it hears God say, “Stand still,” and immovable as a rock, it stands.

“Stand still” – keep the posture of an upright man, ready for action, expecting further orders, cheerfully and patiently awaiting the directing voice; and it will not be long ere God shall say to you, as distinctly as Moses said it to the people of Israel, “Go forward.” – Spurgeon.

“Be quiet! why this anxious heed

About thy tangled ways?

God knows them all. He giveth speed

And He allows delays.

‘Tis good for thee to walk by faith

And not by sight.

Take it on trust a little while.

Soon shalt thou read the mystery aright

In the full sunshine of His smile.”

In times of uncertainty, wait. Always if you have a doubt, wait. Do not force yourself to any action. If you have a restraint in your spirit, wait until all is clear, and do not go against it.

 

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