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Daily Devotionals

Day 41 – Issue 15

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Be Still Know

Hebrews 3:1b-2a (NLT)

‘Think carefully about this Jesus whom we declare to be God’s messenger and High Priest. For he was faithful to God, who appointed him.’

In a recent retreat as people fed back from practicing a breath prayer, someone said. ‘I couldn’t help wondering if I was wasting time or not?’ I understood where they were coming from because prayer in its many forms produces no guaranteed measurable outcomes. I guess it’s why we are more comfortable spending time in confession and intercession for at least we can articulate something we want to place before Jesus. But contemplation acknowledges that taking time to gaze upon God is beneficial in and of itself.

Today’s verse says take a long hard look at Jesus. For me this suggests far more than a casual glance. It demands my focus and my concentration. It means looking becomes my priority; other demands fade into the background. I also ask myself what am I looking for? That final question however, loops me straight back into an outcomes mindset, so prevalent throughout society. Virtually every sphere of work is today managed through an audited set of objective outcomes. What’s gained in the production of usable data is lost in appreciating the essence of the task. So hospitals can measure head count yet lose sight of the humanity that every head counted represents.

Jesus never got distracted from his primary task. The cross lay ahead of him throughout His life and ministry, yet He concentrated on staying focussed upon his Father. Constantly retiring to contemplate, He stayed on message at the intimate and specific direction from God. God brought Him through every pitfall to realise His full mission. We are to look and learn from Jesus who looked constantly to his Father. We are to step aside daily to consider Christ and such privileged intimacy orientates us towards God’s will and purpose.

QUESTION: When can you set aside time this week to ‘think carefully about this Jesus’?

PRAYER: Lord God, you gave us your Son, appointed Him our representative and Saviour, our life hidden now with Him. I praise you for your great gift. 

Written by: Matt Weet

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