Mission Devotional - June 11, 2019

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

"Be Still"

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

He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. The wicked are not so, but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment, nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous; for the Lord knows the way of the righteous, but the way of the wicked will perish.

Scripture: Psalm 46:10

Journal: How able are you to be still and know that he is God?  Why?

Reflection: Finish this sentence: "Be still and know that I am God…"

If you are like me, it is likely that you responded, "Period." After all, most of us don't know, or don't remember, that there is much more to that famous sentence than just the part we so readily quote off the top of our heads. And ironically, the part we don't remember is actually key to accomplishing the part that we do remember.  Being still and knowing that he is God is not an easy task. In fact, for many of us, stillness is something that feels darn near impossible.  Why is that?

That's where the second part of the sentence comes in: "I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10) What a great reminder from God: "Me being exalted is not up to you. In fact, I will be exalted just fine without you. And until you truly believe that, you will never be able to be still and silent before me. The salvation of the world does not depend on you, but on me. You are not as necessary in the grand scheme of things as you'd like to think you are. That is not meant to diminish or demean you, but to set you free. So be still and know that I am God. That is not a suggestion or a recommendation, but a command. I will be exalted among the nations; and I will be exalted on earth. I will be exalted in your family and in your work and in your neighborhood and in your world, and even in your ministry, with or without you. After all, it is not your life and your ministry, and even your world, in the first place, but mine. So be still and know that I am God.  I've got this. And if you do not fully believe that, if you do not fully believe the second part of the verse, then you will never be able to experience the first part. And I want so much more for you than that."  

So let us pray the words of this ancient prayer. For maybe if we are faithful to pray them over and over again, we will one day come to believe them. And they will begin to shape and take root in our hearts and lives.

Prayer for the church, for others, for myself

Global Partner Focus: Europe

Pastor of the First Greek Evangelical Church, a historic Presbyterian church in the center of Athens, Giotis Kantartzis leads a church planting movement called "Polis" (or, "city" in Ancient Greek). Giotis' church is largely responsible for a significant amount of outreach to the thousands of refugees who have landed in Greece. He spearheaded the Houses of Hope project in which several apartments were purchased and converted into refugee housing (with up to two families per apartment). Pray today for new church planting initiatives in an area of Athens called "Neos Kosmos."

The Restoration House (TRH) is working to help restore single mothers and their children back to God's good intent for their lives. Through transformational housing, team mentoring, and service planning, TRH is helping single mother families end cycles of poverty and distress. Pray today for the moms at TRH who are seeking full-time jobs to provide the financial stability they need.

Closing Prayer: I will be exalted among the nations, and I will be exalted on the earth, so be still and know that I am God.