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Day 45 – Issue 20

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Be Still Know

Psalm 131:2 NLT

‘Instead, I have calmed and quieted myself, like a weaned child who no longer cries for its mother’s milk. Yes, like a weaned child is my soul within me.’

My mum always takes great delight when another great-grandchild is born. In some ways it offers her a sense of continuity in a world she must soon leave. Visits are a cause of much excitement, with the poor babe the centre of all our attention. Babies are also a great illustration of what it means to wait for God. When they are hungry there are no distractions that divert their attention from their desire to be fed.

The scripture today reminds us that God is a regular source of nourishment for his disciples. The problem is that if we fail to eat regularly the intensity of the hunger grows exponentially. We may be well able to miss a meal or two, yet to fail to eat for several days both weakens us and has a significant impact upon our mood. I know when I fasted a whole week I felt light-headed and my mood was affected, becoming much more subject to sudden swings.

The psalmist speaks of how once a child is weaned it is quieted. I feel that in my early days as a Christian, God was always on hand as I crashed from one crisis into the next disaster. This was as a mother preparing the child for the next phase of life. Once weaned, I am expected to begin to take solid food and eventually to take responsibility for fending for myself in discerning and finding the spiritual food I require.

Some head off to university and live off a diet of fast food and alcohol and run the risk of diabetes, while others master the art of a varied, low-sugar diet and nurture their health. We too can rush from meeting to meeting, assuming that the fast food available from pulpit, popular paperback and podcasts will sustain us. Yet, only those who determine what offers the best diet for them, seek out the ingredients and prepare and consume them will in fact discover how to live effectively and find a space where the food will guarantee they grow spiritually healthy.

QUESTION: What kind of spiritual diet do you have?

PRAYER: Lord, train me and mature me so I can take solid spiritual food.

Written by: Matt Weet

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