Daily Devotion Thursday, January 10th

Thursday, January 10, 2013 – Psalm 46; Isaiah 65:1-9; Revelation 3:1-6 and John 6:1-14

Psalm 46 – 10  “Be still, and know that I am God!
I am exalted among the nations,
I am exalted in the earth.”
11  The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our refuge.

Today, we hear; “Be still, and know that I am God!” In the book of Bonhoeffer Devotions, here is something I read early on.

Silence: Waiting for God’s Word

We are silent in the early hours of each day, because God is supposed to have the first word, and we are silent before going to sleep, because to God also belongs the last word. We are silent solely for the sake of the word, not in order to show dishonor to the word but in order to honor and receive it properly. Silence ultimately means nothing but waiting for God’s word and coming away blessed by God’s word….The silence of the Christian is a listening silence, a humble silence that for the sake of humility can also be broken at any time. It is a silence in connection with the word….

Bonhoeffer, Dietrich (2011-03-21). God Is In the Manger (Kindle Locations 224-232).
Westminster John Knox Press. Kindle Edition.

Take time today to be silent within yourself and before God. Find a place that is pretty quiet and sit with God. How long you ask? You might want to start off with ten minutes, then grow it to fifteen, then thirty. It’s not really the length of time, but how quiet you can become within yourself, so that you can be open to God’s presence within you and all about you.

Today, take time to be quiet with God.

This may seem like it would be one of the easiest spiritual disciplines, but I find it to be one of the hardest. It’s hard to still all other voices, so I can hear God’s word to me this day.

O Lord, as I sit with you this morning/evening may you still all other voices but your own, so that I can hear your word to me this morning/evening and sense your holy presence that is within me and all about me. Amen.

Today’s word: meekness – admit that you don’t do fully live up to God’s design for you and seek to be open to God teaching you this very day. (Now here is a reason to be still before God.)

Leave a Reply

You can use these HTML tags

<a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>