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Daily Devotional: Friday, September 10 - God Works in Stillness

“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” — Psalm 46:10

Have you ever sat by a lake or pond early on a beautiful, still day? You bask in the warmth of the rising sun as you watch the clouds lazily float by. With every breath of fresh air, the hustle and bustle of the world seems further away. There is something very pleasing about the stillness, especially if it is accompanied by silence. You can picture it and it is peaceful.

We need our minds to be still, like this lake. We need to take time to be still, pray and focus on the beauty of God and His Word. But how can we do this? How can we stop the stones of distraction from landing in our lake and spoiling our precious quiet time with God?

In the Bible, Jesus gives us a guide. His days were busy with teaching and healing and many other obligations, but He rose early in the morning — before the distractions — to spend uninterrupted time with His Father. “Very early in the morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house and went off to a solitary place, where he prayed” (Mark 1:35).

I encourage you to take time to be still in a solitary place, focus on a verse or trait of God, listen to a worship song, and don’t be discouraged by stones or pebbles that disrupt you. They may come, but be persistent. God is with you. Stillness will return again.

— David Moffat

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