One day missing from earth’s time
God froze the sun in the sky so
That Joshua could conqueror his foe.
And for Hezekiah in the old time,
God rolled back the clock as a
Sign. Both were followers of
God’s way, but what does this mean to you today?
God rolled back time in at least two instances in Scripture, once for Hezekiah, the other for Joshua. This is an extremely rare occurrence, but how often do we live as if God is continually rolling back our life’s clock, instead of the clock rapidly ticking away? Time is constantly rolling away and we need to remain focused on the Lord and resting in His peace! Unless we do this we will be discontent and possibly unproductive or even counter-productive.
With your lifetime constantly ticking away, contentment may often seem far away; however, contentment can come, and it does come, in a very simple way: by focusing on the Lord, taking life minute by minute listening for the Holy Spirit, and peacefully trusting in the Lord. Planning your life can be useful; but if your life only becomes a series of stressful events, accomplishments, or ministry involvements because of all your plans, it will become easy to develop a discontented and confused focus. Now I’m not saying that plans are bad, but at all times we must turn our focus to the Lord and let Him be our rest and peace, our contentment; otherwise, our personal witness (ministry) to others loses its power and we will lose our intimacy with the Holy Spirit. Further, if we do not choose to focus on the Lord, we will not be encouraged and rejuvenated by and in the Lord’s presence, at least not as we can be. Without a proper focus it easy to minister or share your witness how you see fit—by relying upon your reason and the statistics—instead of how the Lord wills you to.
Your life is often times busy and stressful; but is that the way you are supposed to continue living, stressed out and busy? No. Look at what Jesus declares as the condition of those who follow and focus on Him, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30 NKJV). Could it be that when we step out of contentment by not focusing on Him that we start to pull away from His yoke and that is why we become stressed and discontent? The Apostle Paul mentions that he has learned to have peace in all situations (Philippians 4:11-13), and you can too. Just focus on the Lord and let Him be the source of your contentment and rest, do not worry about all the things that your brief lifetime throws at you because they will cause you to lose your focus.
If you really need that contentment Jesus promised in your life right now, please spend some time with the Lord in prayer and contemplation after you finish reading this devotion. Consider committing everything to Jesus—lay your burden down. Some areas you might need to surrender (or re-surrender) are your marriage; your family; your job; your personal ministry (witness) of sharing salt and light; your rest; your mentorship; your spiritual growth; your education; and your goals.
Prayer for You:
Father, please give Your contentment to everyone that is reading this. Give them a fresh sense of Your power and control of their lives. Encourage them, Lord, rejuvenate their spirits, and give them rest. Thank You, Lord, for Your Promise of peace and rest, Amen.
-This post comes from Ryan’s book Devotional Thoughts, the first book he wrote