Be Still Know
Isaiah 55:2 NLT
“Why spend your money on food that does not give you strength? Why pay for food that does you no good? Listen to me, and you will eat what is good. You will enjoy the finest food.”
I have worked in mediation for over 15 years. Often, cases revolve around disputes in the workplace. Employees feel misunderstood, mistreated and undervalued. They are forever comparing their wages with the demands the job places upon them. The concept of vocation is fast dying out, as individuals demand appropriate payment before taking one step on the road that forms the extra mile.
Once disputes arise, employee and employer allow themselves to resort to statements based upon their rights and the other’s responsibilities, and each builds a persuasive perspective in support of their case. The ability to hear each other disappears, and interests are lost as energy is invested solely in strengthening and defending entrenched positions. Once this point is reached, there is little ability to listen and participate in creative problem-solving in determining an agreed solution.
It is perhaps wiser on occasion to look beyond what is, to explore alternative ways of solving problems. God forever invites us to look beyond what is the obvious to tune in to the whisper of the spirit. Obedience is that ability we develop in catching the whispered current word of God, enabling us to navigate our path through life. Once we start living in that way, the life we lead is fuller, richer and freer.
It has taken me quite some time to adjust to living as one waiting upon God for his whispered word. I have a natural inclination to plan things out and also to draw quick conclusions from elementary information. It is in learning to pause and consider what God’s whispered word might be that I have discovered a rich diet courtesy of God.
This can mean looking beyond the obvious and the expected. God loves to surprise you and expects you keenly to pursue him. The great invitation God proclaims is that all that you need to sustain you is freely available. However, you have to move towards God to discover it. Then remember to feed off it for nourishment.
QUESTION: Consider what the whispered word of God is for you today.
PRAYER: Heavenly Father, what I think is my ‘right’ and what you think is right may not be the same. Help me discern the difference today.
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