He will Quiet you with his love

Shhhh…hush my child…let my love wash over you…I delight in you.

What could be more calming than God’s love? What could feel more special than God delighting in us?  Do you realize that God enjoys you?  He delights in you?  His children bring him joy and pleasure.  I have to really stop and think about that because I tend to focus sometimes on how I probably dissapoint him, or just could simply do better.  I find myself thinking about the “I shoulds.”  I should read my bible more, I should pray more, I should help out with this or that, I should be more like him or her, I should be more patient, I should wake up earlier and have a better quiet time with God.  I am not doing a good job.  Oh the defeat that the enemy wants us to hear!

I stumbled upon Zephaniah 3:17 by accident, or more accurately as a gift from the Holy Spirit.  God’s Word is alive and active and it was what I needed to hear that particular day.

“The LORD your God is with you, he is mighty to save.  He will take great delight in you, he will quiet you with his love, he will rejoice over you with singing.”  Zephaniah 3:17

Every once in a while a verse catches my attention like no other.  Words fall in the crevices of my heart that can smooth the rough and empty areas and leave it freshly paved with peace.

God wants us to hear that he delights in us just the way we are today.  And when I let myself be calmed and quieted with his love, I find that I stop comparing myself to others or to the endless do better lists.  When I let his love and delight emulse with my heart, I find that I want to pray more and I want to read God’s Word.  God doesn’t want to be a checklist, He wants to be our God.  He wants us to delight in him the way He delights in us!

Father, Let me hear your words today.  Quiet me with your love.  You delight in me.  When I see me, I see a mess.  When you see me, you see the joy and pleasure I bring as your creation and child.  Only your love can wash over me and renew my peace today.  You give peace not as this world gives.  That is the peace I need to delight in you today.  Let me live my life one day at a time growing in my love and delight for you.  I pray for the desire to spend time talking with you in prayer and reading and studying your word, not as a chore or checklist, but as a delight.  Amen



Grumbling amidst the Extraordinary

It was a battle plan like no other.  The Israelites, led by Moses, had fled the grip of Egyptian slavery, and were now encamped by the Red Sea.  After the many plagues, it appreared that Pharoah had finally let them go.  But once more, they looked up to find the Egyptians marching after them.  As fear surmounted and grumbling began, Moses answered the people.  His words are recorded in Exodus 14:14.  “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.  The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still,”  he told them.

Being “still” was probably the last thing on the Israelites’ mind.  If you have ever disturbed an ant hill, you know the chaos that results. Hundreds of threatened ants run hurry-scurry.  I picture the threatened Israelites reacting like an ant hill that has just been kicked.  Just imagine them grabbing their belongings, maybe scrambling to put shoes back on their weary and blistered feet as they awaken a sleeping neighbor.  Perhaps families began assembling and designating who would carry the tired children.  Perhaps harsh words were exchanged as people ran and pushed their way through the crowd.  Perhaps dust began choke the air and sting their sunburned eyes.  “I’ve had it,” some might say.  “We were better off as slaves to the Egyptians,” others might jeer.  And then, perhaps like a wave that rolled to shore and receded back to sea, the words of Moses fell upon every ear.  The hebrew word Moses used when he told them to be still, means to be silent, to be quiet, make no moves, and even become deaf.  Essentially he told them to “freeze!”

Our minds can be a thousand places all at one time, and that can be so debilitating.  When we want to hear God, we need to stop doing the talking and moving, and stop hearing all the extra voices around us. We can not lose sight that it is God who will deliver us, and it is God who is leading us in our battle.  When we are in a posture of readiness and obedience, God does big things. Continue reading “Grumbling amidst the Extraordinary”