Daily Devotional Rev. Johnnie Flakes,III - February 19, 2009

Good morning,

Our daily devotion comes from Psalm 37:7 "Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him; fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass." 

Wherever you are today, meditate on this; when we are overburdened, the world seems a colder place.  The sun may be shining, but our heads are bowed low so we don't notice.  The birds sing, but our ears are filled with the cries of our hearts, cries of pain, sorrow, and weariness.  We put distance between us and others as our problems absorb our time and attention.  Perhaps we are weighed down by unmet expectations, sudden trauma or death, or simply too much responsibility. 

Another possibility is that sin is causing our heaviness of heart.  Whatever the cause, however, the result is the same: a crushing weight.  Only the amount of the weight varies.  Into our bleakness comes the voice of Almighty God inviting us to draw near and find rest in Him.

"This is what the Lord says: 'Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16a NIV)  Won't you look up to your heavenly Father right now?  Jesus offers living water take time to drink until your soul is strengthened enough for you to ask the way.  With the Spirit's help, take one step, then another down that ancient path of obedience, and He will give you the promised peace.

Jeremiah 6:16 ends with God pointing out the Israelites' response: "But you said, 'We will not walk in it."  Let us stand and look and ask and walk so that we might find the rest which the Lord has promised for our souls. 

Have a blessed restful day!

Your brother in Christ,
J. H. Flakes, III


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