We've found what tools we will need for the road ahead and understand there is a plan-a God plan-that must be implemented if we are to be successful on our Road To Pentecost. Today, we look at one more item as we go into the weekend and meditate on the week's devotions. This item is one that we have alluded to several times in the past four devotions, but it is one that will be key if we are to embark. The item in question: to be still in God's presence.
When we watch a movie or read a story involving a long journey, there are many moments that require the person or party to be still in their journey. This happens most notably in The Lord of The Rings series. As most of us know, the series is about Frodo, a hobbit of seeming insignificance, being tasked with the difficult task of saving the earth by casting the ring of power into the fires of Mordor. Along that dangerous and overwhelming journey, Frodo has several moments that require him to be still. If he were to move on his own, he would be cut down by the forces of Mordor or be captured by somebody else looking for the ring of power. However, when he is still and waits on the right time, he is rewarded for his efforts with clear and safe-sometimes clearer and safer-passage.
As we journey on the Road to Pentecost, we can learn a lot from this story. Even before we begin in earnest the difficult task of our journey (which we will go into greater detail next week), we must be still and listen for God. Maybe even at the beginning of our journey but especially along the way we don't know what our next step will be. It's important not to rush, but to be still and listen for the leading of God. Psalms 46:10 tells us what will happen when stand still:
Be still, and know that I am God:
All to often when we go on a journey for self development or finding greater purpose, its easy to forget that its God who has called us to this journey. We start relying on our own senses and feelings. In doing this we get frustrated and lost and risk never finishing the journey to our outpouring. However, when we slow down and remember who God is to us, we will be encouraged in our journey. Also, to be still and know who God is means that we acknowledge Him and and all that He is to us. In that moment of worship, we can listen to Him for guidance on our journey.
Take this thought with you into the weekend:
Stopping to acknowledge the One who sent you on this journey - the One who set the path on which you stand - will provide the answer of where to go next.
God has a great outpouring waiting for us on the Road to Pentecost. Along the way there will be plenty of opportunities to get sidetracked and forget that it is He who sent us. If we will remember to be still in the difficult moments of the journey, God will guide us to exactly what we need to do and where we need to go.
Chris Farris is the author of The Way, a manual detailing how to implement the Beatitudes into your life. He review events and other media and offers other insights into writing and working for the Kingdom of God.