Friday, July 18, 2008

I will be still, and I will behold in my dwelling place (Isa. 18:4 RV)

There is a devotional book I read called Devotions for Evening and Morning. I know many people have this book. I love it! It seems to speak to me when I am going through a situation. Many times it is right on target for my need. I am going to post a portion of yesterday's devotion, it seemed to jump from the pages and I felt that there may be others that could benefit from it as well.

Assyria was marching against Ethiopia, the people of which are described as tall and smooth. And as the armies advance, God makes no effort to arrest them; it seems as though they would be allowed to work their will. He is still watching them from His dwelling place, the sun still shines on them; but before the harvest, the whole proud army of Assyria is smitten as easily as when sprigs are cut off by the pruning hook of the husbandman.
Is not this a marvelous conception of God - being still and watching? His stillness is not acquiescence. His silence is not consent. He is only bidding His time, and will arise, in the most opportune moment, and when the designs of the wicked seem on the point of success, to overwhelm them with disaster. As we look out on the evil of the world; as we think of the apparent success of wrongdoing; as we wince beneath the oppression of those that hate us, let us remember these marvelous words about God being still and beholding.
There is another side to this. Jesus beheld His disciples toiling at the oars through the stormy night; and watched though unseen, the successive steps of the anguish of Bethany, when Lazarus slowly passed through the stages of mortal sickness, until he succumbed and was borne to the rocky tomb. But He was only waiting the moment when he could interpose most effectually. Is He still to thee? He is not unobservant; He is beholding all things; He has His finger on thy pulse, keenly sensitive to all its fluctuations. He will come to save thee when the precise moment has arrived. From Daily Devotional Commentary

O troubled soul, beneath the rod
Thy Father speaks, be still, be still;
Learn to be silent unto God,
And let Him mould thee to His will.

O praying soul, be still, be still,
He cannot break His plighted Word;
Sink down into His blessed will,
And wait in patience on the Lord.

O waiting soul, be still, be strong,
And though He tarry, trust and wait;
Doubt not, He will not wait too long,
Fear not, He will not come too late.

4 comments:

Samantha and Stephanie said...

preach it sister! i love your little devotional comments...people come to my blog to laugh...i come to your blog because i know you'll have something inspirational on there! thanks! i needed that!

Kim said...

just doing my part! I am glad that you like it, sometimes we need a little "lift me up" as mommies. and I know what it is like, to keep a smile on my face and I want to help others do the same.

Stacie said...

Hi Kim, I hope everything is going well for you. You guys only have like 19 days left, right? WOOOO-HOOOO!!!!!! Love you lots and give the kids a hug for me, k? :-)

Kim said...

Stacie, yes we only have 19 more days and I can't wait, the kids can't wait, it is all we seem to be talking about. are you and your mom going to Portland? for Judah's b-day? love you more....