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Day 1 – Issue 19

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Be Still Know

Jonah 1:4b-5a NLT

‘But the Lord hurled a powerful wind over the sea, causing a violent storm that threatened to break the ship apart. Fearing for their lives, the desperate sailors shouted to their gods for help and threw the cargo overboard to lighten the ship.’

There is a film I enjoyed watching all about illusionists called Now You See Me. There is a profound catchphrase that is essential to the illusionist’s craft: “The more you think you see, the less you’ll actually notice.” I feel this has much to do with the spiritual life. The moment I sense all is not well with my walk with God, I begin closely to scrutinise my life and run a brief audit over all I’m doing. Just like the crew caught up in a storm and seeking a god explanation and way out, I happily discard cargo overboard in the hope that I might just right the ship and the storm will cease. However, I seldom look in the correct place, since my blind spots are so-called because I remain blind to them.

I never want to admit this, for to do so requires me to let God into the very heart of my humanity and no longer can I lead my Christian life simply by rearranging my behaviours and attitudes on what is, without Christ, forever a sinking ship. As the sailors panicked, Jonah slept below decks. Their attention was engaged with the distraction, and it was some while before they fathomed the source of their anguish.

It is easier to engage in service that emanates from a sense of what I assume God requires than it is to have the courage to face the reality of my true self and deal with what the real obstacles to deepening my friendship with God really are. God is never deceived, and slowly I have discovered not only am I already known by God, but that God invites me to live at the heart of that truth.

QUESTION: Do you find yourself tidying up the inessential in an attempt to avoid addressing the essential?

PRAYER: Father God, when I feel that life is stormy, help me not to panic but to trust your leading and guiding, to know you and be known by you in the midst of the storm. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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