[CF Devotionals] 2019-03-20 - Still Waters

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As the second week of Lent begins, I was reminded of the value of the stillness of resting in God’s promises, amid a world that never sleeps. Despite the fact New York has earned the nickname ‘the city that never sleeps,’ popularized by the theme song of the New York, New York Musical recorded by Frank Sinatra and debuted in the movie by Liza Minelli in 1977 (https://www.songfacts.com/facts/frank-sinatra/new-york-new-york), as time as passed, further advances in technology have erased the lines between quiet places and endless activity. One example is being able to order just about anything online and have it delivered, with few restrictions on waiting. Days off from shipments have been obliterated by online ordering services, even including the United States Postal Service. There are good reasons for such benefits, particularly for those who cannot leave home and have physical and medical needs. But there is also a need for resting, which includes our body, mind and soul, on a regular basis. It is the reason God made provision for a time of rest, and set the example by doing so after he had completed creation. Due to His omnipotence, I suspect that God did not need to rest, yet he knew we needed to rest. We need respite to rejuvenate our bodies, to continue forward, as well as to praise Him for what he has done for us in the work of his creation. So, in this Lenten time, and the rest of the year, I hope you are finding consistent opportunities to find still waters of rejuvenation. And as a beloved Pastor of mine used to say, “Every day is a good day, with the Father!”

“Thus the heavens and the earth were completed in all their vast array. By the seventh day God had finished the work he had been doing; so, on the seventh day he rested from all his work. Then God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it he rested from all the work of creating that he had done.” (Genesis 2:1-4 NIV)

“Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name.” (Psalm 100:4)

“And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness. And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful. Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.” (Colossians 3:14-16)

“And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm. And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?” Mark 4:38-40)

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

“But know that the Lord hath set apart him that is godly for himself: the Lord will hear when I call unto him. Stand in awe, and sin not: commune with your own heart upon your bed, and be still. Selah. Offer the sacrifices of righteousness, and put your trust in the Lord.” (Psalm 4:3-5)

“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.” (Psalm 23:1-3)

“Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and he bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Then are they glad because they be quiet; so he bringeth them unto their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:28-30)

“I am the gate; whoever enters through me will be saved. They will come in and go out, and find pasture. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” (John 10:9-11 NIV)

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