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A devotional by Abi Anthony. A 5 day plan looking

at Psalm 46:10 and how we can apply it too our lives.

 

Day 1

Day 2

Day 3

Day 4

Day 5

Day 1 // Be still and know that I am God

 

There’s a popular story in Mark where Jesus and His disciples are traveling by boat, when a violent storm rages (Mark 4:35-40). The disciples fear for their lives but Jesus is asleep - very comfortably on a pillow (v38). The disciples wake Jesus and He commands the waves to ‘Be still’. At His word, the storm stops. 

There are a few more passages where these words are found, but one of my favourites is Psalm 46:10. ‘Be still and know that I am God.’ In this verse, God calls us to stop [fearing, fighting, doubting, worrying, striving] and acknowledge that He alone is sovereign, He has full control over every situation and He is our refuge. He is God. We are not. Our fears, doubts, challenges – whatever we may be going through at this time do not faze God. 

During our storms, God isn’t worried and when we acknowledge our God, we needn’t be either.

I wonder what you need to stop doing and acknowledge God in.

Thank you God, that You are Lord over all.

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Day 2 // Be still and know that I AM

 

When I was younger I had a hard time grasping who God is. Now that I’m older, I still don’t fully grasp all that God is. God is, and will always be beyond what my human brain can comprehend. However, I find when I study God’s attributes I can lean into Him, and learn more of Him each time.

In the book of Exodus 3:14 God tells Moses ‘I AM WHO I AM’.God IS present through everything we go through. 

When we are troubled, God says ‘I am your peace’ (John 14:27)

When we are grieving, God says ‘I am your comfort’ (2 Corinthians 1:3-4)

When we face lack, God says ‘I am your provider’ (Luke 12:24)

When we feel lost, God says ‘I am the way’ (John 14:6)

Whether, we’re lonely, full of joy or at our wits end, God says I AM.

 

I wonder which ‘I am’ is God speaking over you in this season?

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Day 3 // Be still and know

 

Two words I’ve come to dislike over these past few months are: unprecedented and uncertain. They are EVERYWHERE, and I read them so much they’ve begun to lose all meaning. Both these words point to the fact we have no idea what will happen in the future. 

Unfortunately, I won’t be claiming that we can ‘be still and know the future’ but there are a few things God does want you to know today.

You are loved. You are forgiven. You don’t need to have it all figured out. You are his child. You are not alone. He has great plans for you. Nothing is too hard for Him.

Whilst we don’t know the future, God does. And these times didn’t take Him by surprise. God has promised His plans for you are to prosper you and give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11). So as you go through your day, just know that God isn’t done yet. He STILL has a plan for you. 

I wonder if today you can switch your focus off all the things you don’t know, to the truths you do know, found in God’s word.

Maybe you want to spend time thanking God for the plans He has for you?

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Day 4 // Be Still

 

A lot of us have been forced to be still during this time. We’ve literally been told to sit in front of the TV and not move! Well at least not go outside. But when God says be still, I’m not sure He was referring to the Musical Statues kind of stillness, where you stay in one spot and do nothing. But rather, for us to rest in Him.

That’s great news for those who are still very much on the go, on the front line, serving our nation and being all round heroes. Resting in God’s presence does not require us to be stagnant. 

Today, your stillness could look like:

•    meditating on a particular verse that you carry with you throughout the day

•    listening to worship music during your break

•    journaling/colouring a scripture

•    whispering a prayer to God

Be still before God, and allow him to refresh you today.

Father, whether life has slowed down drastically or sped up drastically. Help us to find rest in your presence. Help us to see You in the little things today, let us recognise Your still small voice as we commit to serving You.  

Why not try and get the family involved? Perhaps you can set aside 30 seconds (timed for kids) where you sit and think about God as a family? In preparation, the kids could draw/write down all they know about God and spend the 30 seconds reading over it in silence. Increase the time as you see fit.

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Day 5 // Be

 

This week, I hope you’ve been challenged to focus on God, who He is and His promises to you. God’s word is true and powerful and has the ability to change situations and calm storms. But while we may know this, sometimes we find it is hard to really believe!

We serve a living God, and read a living word. When we struggle to believe we can turn to both. Today I encourage you to be authentic with God. Sometimes we struggle to believe God for our provision, healing, comfort, all the things mentioned this week. But God isn’t scared by our feelings, take them to Him. When you come to God, be you. You may choose to pray along the lines;

Dear God, I know Your word says You’re my ‘peace’(personalise) but at times I still feel ‘anxious’. Help me to feel Your presence closer than ever before as You promised in Your word.

 

You may choose to meditate on passages that reaffirm God’s promises to you. I pray, as you read these promises, they will become real to you. 

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