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Day 22 – Issue 16

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Be Still Know

Psalm 62:2 NLT

He alone is my rock and my salvation,  my fortress where I will never be shaken.

Living with Mum is fun, yet has its full measure of frustrations. I am sure these are as keenly felt by her as they are by me. Returning from London, Mum informed me that certain channels had disappeared from her TV. We talked about it and she asked me not to shout. I said I wasn’t shouting, I was speaking up, but acknowledged there was frustration behind my words. The problem lay in the fact that her commitment to the Radio Times meant that the programme numbers she wanted were fine for terrestrial TV, yet were altogether different once she moved to her cable set-up.

If only I had acknowledged Mum’s concern for her TV channels. If only I hadn’t passed judgement when I heard her  avoid responsibility for her failure to use the technology correctly and blaming some mysterious technical channel-stealing bogeyman.

So often it is life’s frustrations that destabilise us. I lose sight of the source of my being, God alone, and I am all shook up! Somewhat like a bottle of soda opened on returning home from the store, the contents spray out in all directions responding to the increased pressure shaking has had upon them. The content is all good, yet doesn’t flow into a cup from which it can be drunk. It is wasted and causes a mess which needs cleaning up.

It’s like this with my reactions and responses. This is the natural consequence of living life in close proximity to others. Unless I can remind myself that I am to respond from a position of safety and strength, God my rock, I will blurt out unhelpfully when the pressure is on. My behaviour will be unrepresentative of my heart. I need to learn to operate from within the fortress who is Jesus; a place of safety – as much for others as for ourselves.

QUESTION: How well do you know yourself? What are the triggers that shake up your soda bottle and cause you to explode unhelpfully?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, I need you and the work of your Holy Spirit to enable me to hear your voice and help me to obey. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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