Listen to this devotional:
Isaiah 52:12 – But you don't have to be in a hurry. You're not running from anybody! God is leading you out of here. (MSG)
Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God. (KJV)
Isn't it fun trying to take a picture of little children? One child at a time is often a challenge. It is hard for them to sit still long enough to take a good picture. I have seen many small children gathered together with the adults trying to take a picture. One baby would crawl away, another one would cry, another one would make a face. The parents were telling the little ones, "Just sit still for a jiffy! It won't take long!" Oh, the challenge of it all! Yes, the final picture looked quite natural with all these little people. The finished product wasn't necessarily what the adults had in mind, though. They would have preferred the little ones to sit still so that all of their faces would be in the picture, rather than having the photograph showing someone crawling away, quite oblivious to what was going on. Yet the picture taken was a distinct likeness of the children.
God tells us not to hurry sometimes. He tells us to sit still. We have a hard time doing that, though. Often, we want to do something to be Christians, when we need to let Him work in us because we are already Christians.
God's eternal purpose for us is that we will be like His Son — similar to the way that the picture is like the ones who are posing. In order for this to happen, there are times when we are not be in a hurry, but to be still and know that God is God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus, so many times we get in a rush, and we don't have time for You. Please forgive us. Help us to listen to Your still small voice and to be still when You tell us to. Amen.