Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Taste the Dew

“The Lord’s lovingkindnesses indeed never cease, for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I have hope in Him.”” (Lamentations 3:22–24, NASB95)

As I’m sitting finishing off one project and looking at my time, I am also texting my wife, Robin, about whether or not I need to be home to meet our six year daughter, Beth, when she gets off the bus on her first day of school for this new year. Along with that there have been some emails on other things and checking details on this and that. This is probably no different for most of you. We all live in a time when we are confronted with information and things pressing on us from a variety of fronts. And when you are getting behind on one thing it is easy to let the next thing become much larger than it really is. The reality of much of what I am dealing with is that some of it can just be dealt with later, as I sort out what is most important, which today I think is getting home to greet Beth as she comes home from school and letting Robin finish off what she had started, which is shadowing Jon on his first day of Middle School.

I opened “Jesus Calling” this morning and it spoke about the dew of God’s presence refreshing my mind as the morning dew refreshes the grass. So, I went outside to look at the dew on the grass and to my dismay there wasn’t any. I guess it was a dryer night than usual. But as I knelt down, I could feel the coolness of the ground and was mindful that though I could not see the visible moisture on the blades of grass, that indeed a refreshing work had been done nonetheless.

As I thought about this I was mindful that my relationship with God is not always one based upon visible or even refreshing feelings, but one founded in the certain knowledge of His constant presence and the assurance that His Spirit is continually working in my life.  And though I may not see or feel like it at times, He is faithful all the more.

“The Lord by wisdom founded the earth, by understanding He established the heavens. By His knowledge the deeps were broken up and the skies drip with dew. My son, let them not vanish from your sight; keep sound wisdom and discretion, so they will be life to your soul and adornment to your neck. Then you will walk in your way securely and your foot will not stumble. When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.” (Proverbs 3:19–24, NASB95)

Today in “Jesus Calling” by Sarah Young (9/3)

Let the dew of My Presence refresh your mind and heart. So many, many things vie for your attention in this complex world of instant communication. The world has changed enormously since I first gave the command to be still and know that I am God. However, this timeless truth is essential for the well-being of your soul. As dew refreshes grass and flowers during the stillness of the night, so My Presence revitalizes you as you sit quietly with Me.

A refreshed, revitalized mind is able to sort out what is important and what is not. In its natural condition, your mind easily gets stuck on trivial matters. Like the spinning wheels of a car trapped in mud, the cogs of your brain spin impotently when you focus on a trivial thing. As soon as you start communicating with me about the matter, your thoughts gain traction and you can move on to more important things. Communicate with Me continually, and I will put My thoughts into your mind.

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10, NASB95)

“She had a sister called Mary, who was seated at the Lord’s feet, listening to His word. But Martha was distracted with all her preparations; and she came up to Him and said, “Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to do all the serving alone? Then tell her to help me.” But the Lord answered and said to her, “Martha, Martha, you are worried and bothered about so many things; but only one thing is necessary, for Mary has chosen the good part, which shall not be taken away from her.”” (Luke 10:39–42, NASB95)

“For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.” (1 Corinthians 14:33, NKJV)

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