Athletes train their bodies to excel and push beyond limits. Yet one twinge of a hamstring and theyre on red alert. Not stopping to heal means that theyll face greater damage down the line. Psalm 46:10 is our warning for spiritual hamstring tweaks: Be still, and know that I am God. The temptation is to do more or do it faster; this is the distraction deceit it keeps us going for the time being, but somewhere down the track we are going to pull up in pain.
Jesus never said, Keep going, its like a stitch, eventually youll run it off. No, He said, Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest (Matthew 11:28 NLT). If we think we can recharge ourselves, we should think again. Jesus said, I am the Vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in Me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing (John 15:5 NLT). If we want to do anything well, we need to prioritise time with the Father, Son and Spirit. Why? Itll help us to be more effective, wellrested workers, and help us to get a better perspective and appreciate all we have.
So what now? Matthew 6:33 NIV says: ...seek first His Kingdom. When you come near to GodHe will come near to you (James 4:8 NIV). Fit in a rest period today to recoup your strength. Even if its just five minutes. Say: God, I am seeking You and Your Kingdom first, then sit for a while in quiet and stillness.
Soulfood : 1 Sam 24-26, Matt 25:1-13, Ps 122, Prov 17:18-21