Mission Devotional - July 18, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

"Stilling"

Opening Prayer: Be still, O my soul, and know that he is God.

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: How still is your soul these days? How will you try to still it?

Reflection: Contrary to popular opinion, being still and knowing that he is God does not happen overnight; it takes time and space, effort and intention. It takes the effort to not exert effort. It takes trying not to try. It takes actively being inactive. For without this kind of effort, stillness is unlikely to ever become a reality.

You don't fly up to a stop sign at one hundred miles an hour and expect to be able to stop on a dime. The momentum of your life will make that an impossibility. You must begin to slow down well in advance of the sign to make stillness a possibility - or give yourself the freedom to go well past the sign before the stopping truly occurs. Either way, it takes time to come to a stop.

It is the same way with being still and knowing that he is God. It is a process, not a moment. It is possible, but only if we make the necessary time and space to allow it to happen. And the beauty of it is that once it does finally happen, it will not be quite so difficult for it to happen again and again. We become more and more practiced in the art of stilling.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Africa

Tim and Barbie K. are working to translate the Bible into the Makori language. Barbie is also guest house manager and a Regional Director, having responsibility for more than 20 missionaries in the area. Their main goal is to see the church in their area effectively using its own Bible translation. Pray today for Tim as he continues building the team's word list into a Spell Checker. It will include all the words and names they've used to date in the translation.

Volunteers provide weekly English classes at Cedar Springs for those who need to improve their language skills. Classes meet on Thursdays in the morning and in the evening. There is an optional Bible study held after the morning classes. The ESL students and teachers hold holiday parties, go on outings and picnics, and do other fun things together. Pray today for volunteers and students that will be working together when the classes resume in the fall.

Closing Prayer: Be still and know that I am God.