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Day 9 – Issue 18

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Be Still Know

Jeremiah 1:6 NLT

‘O Sovereign Lord,’ I said, ‘I can’t speak for you! I’m too young!’

Learning to face and endure our fears is an invaluable life lesson. I remember at school, a treble in the choir, being selected to sing the first verse of ‘Once in Royal David’s City’ as a solo. I both filled with pride and also faltered with fear at the thought of the school carol service filled with parents and pupils. That time I avoided it, I think by feigning ill health, since my self-doubt and fear were greater than my ambition to platform myself.

I have subsequently realised that facing up to my fears is a part of God’s growth cycle through life. What appears impossible, by virtue of not being wanted or demanding too much from me, is in fact God’s greenhouse, where we are turned from seedlings to robust plants that can stand planting out.

My school life, ahead of encountering Christ, was punctuated with many excuses made to avoid what I didn’t like. I exercised a choice to secure my boundaries. I failed to take risks, under the illusion that I could protect myself. Well, life still encroached. My boundaries were breached and I needed help, and the experience that can only be gained by taking risks with God. God has taken a risk with me, I am invited to risk who I am with God. My risk is that I might not find God after much searching. However, there’s a greater chance of encountering God by searching rather than refusing to search.

Jeremiah had no idea of the traumatic life that lay ahead of him. God refused to draw back the curtain so that the prophet might review his options. With God we are ‘all in’. It is the total stake of our life. Following Christ is the way towards total vulnerability.

Where my ability and knowledge run out, I am forced to fall back on God. God may be silent, apparently distant, and unavailable for comment. Yet, I choose to hold my ground in the hope that my investment is sound and that my stake in God’s way will both yield a return for me and reveal the character of the kingdom.

QUESTION: What reservations do you have about God’s availability and reliability?

PRAYER: Faithful One, help me to trust you even when I don’t understand your plan.

Written by: Matt Weet

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