Thoughts from daily Bible reading for today – August 14, 2017
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it. … Yet the Lord longs to be gracious to you; therefore he will rise up to show you compassion. For the Lord is a God of justice. Blessed are all who wait for him! Isaiah 30:15, 18, NIV
I just returned from a three-day prayer retreat at Mepkin Abbey in Charleston, South Carolina. How can I begin to give my experience an adequate description? Simply, I encountered the love of my heavenly Father in a tender, meaningful and refreshing way. Each day, I learned with a group of 12 new friends the principles and prayer practices from a seasoned monk, Brother Guerric. One morning our assignment was to prayer walk the breath taking campus of 200-year-old live oak trees, magnolias and fantastic foliage teeming with life from God’s creative design.
I reflected on the deep rooted massive trees, moss draped over gnarly limbs extending as long horizontally as vertically—I pondered these images, as my soul silently listened for a Holy Spirit nudge. “Boyd, my desire is for you to finish well like My live oaks! Stay alive with a deep root system in My word, refresh others by the cool shade from the limbs of your life, extend compassion to your community like the weeping moss adorning My trees, and grow upward and outward for Christ by becoming fluent in silence which is My first language of prayer.” God.
“Whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither—whatever they do prospers” (Psalm 1:2-3).
Isaiah described the Sovereign Lord’s heart for His people to enjoy their salvation through repentance, rest, quietness, and trust—these attributes were the fuel for their strength. Though they initially resisted, the Lord remained compassionate to remind them of His justice, if they would wait for Him—He would fulfill His promises to His people. Blessings come when we wait on God’s best—when burdens beset us we don’t panic and act like we are alone, but quietly trust.
How is your fluency in the language of silence? Are you able to comprehend what Christ says to your heart through Holy Spirit inspired Scripture and by His creation waiting to instruct you in His ways? Be still and know He is God. Be still and know He is. Be still and know Him. Be still and know. Be still. Be. Just like any new language, skilled linguists take time to learn and in time are conversationally fluent. So stay immersed in the process. Your heavenly Father is patient to work with you where you are—also learn from sages who speak silence fluently. God’s language is not to be taken lightly, silence your heart and you will grow into a disciple who finishes well!
“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10).
PrayerHeavenly Father, I long to hear Your voice in the quietness of my heart and soul, in Jesus’ name amen.
ApplicationReflect on God’s creation, observe His handiwork in a leaf, tree, sunrise, sunset, bird or blue sky.
Related ReadingPsalm 23:2, 131:2; Isaiah 32:17; Mark 6:31; 1 Peter 3:4
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