Be Still Know
Psalm 147:2 NLT
“The Lord is rebuilding Jerusalem and bringing the exiles back to Israel.”
In the Monty Python film, Life of Brian the great statement presented by John Cleese as a leader of a Jewish sectarian group committed to the overthrow of the Roman Empire’s yoke, is ‘What have the Romans ever done for us?’ His question, somewhat annoyingly for him, is met by a series of answers listing the many improvements the Romans have indeed made to daily life.
My challenge in life is always to see through the fog of my own disappointment and experience to make out the contours of God’s provision and blessing. It is remarkable that God has made it his business to establish a kingdom on the earth that reflects his values and character. The means for expressing this kingdom are women and men who, having chosen to follow Jesus, live life alone and together, lives that reflect these values as well as God’s character.
I recently lost hold of a role and an organisation that I had helped establish and develop. However, while self-evident changes were required to enable it to continue, the decisions we took didn’t please me. For a while, as I processed my anger, frustration and pain, I dug my heels in. I fought the journey in spite of its inevitability, and caused stress to myself, and everyone else involved. It was only as I began to return to basics and reflect upon the fact that God is continually building his kingdom on the earth that I found the space to let go and move on.
What I was fighting to hold on to was about my yesterday. It wasn’t about my today or tomorrow. I might feel like an outcast, yet God was gathering me yet again for a fresh adventure of His own choosing. My responsibility was to acknowledge God’s right and ability to do this and then voluntarily to yield to his will and way for me, without necessarily understanding it. For this to happen I needed to let go of a lot of my own perceptions and desires, and entrust myself to God’s plan for me once more.
QUESTION: Are there areas where you are resisting God’s plan for his kingdom?
PRAYER: Father, help me to pray as your Son prayed: ‘Not my will, but yours.’
Scripture quotations are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright C 1996. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers Inc, Wheaton, Illinois 60189 USA. All rights reserved.