Thursday, February 13th
With Valentine’s Day just a few days away I am hearing so many people, especially women talk about what they desire for Valentine's. It’s everything from flowers, jewelry, date night, weekend getaway, etc., etc.
Me? I just want one time for someone to look at me and say “That’s her! She’s the one!” and not follow it with “that ate all the doughnuts.” I mean is that really asking so much?!
I read a quote this week that stopped me in my tracks because I was immediately convicted by its truth.
“We run at breakneck pace to try and achieve what God wants us to slow down enough to receive.”
Read that again. Are you guilty? I certainly am.
The Bible uses words like abiding, dwelling, delighting when referring to spending time with God through prayer and in His word.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither
can you unless you abide in Me.” John 15:4
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.” Psalm 91:1
What does it mean to dwell? It means a person who is actively striving to live a Godly life. It’s a choice we make, not out of obligation but out of a willing heart. It is something we do.
“Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord
and He will do it. Rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him." Psalm 37:3-4;7
“Rest in the Lord”; other translations say, “Be still in the Lord”. Did you catch that? Be still, rest. We can’t
do either if we are running at breakneck speeds.
Delight yourself in the Lord. In other words, find joy, peace, strength, comfort, encouragement and love in Him over anything or anyone else.
What does Christ desire from us on Valentine’s Day and every day? He wants us to slow down and spend
quality time abiding, dwelling and delighting in Him. Is it easy to slow down? No, it is not. We are all at
different ages and stages of life where slowing down is more manageable for some than others.
But let’s make a conscious effort to find some time in our day to “abide, dwell and delight” in Christ.
Worship Him in prayer or through music while driving to work, sitting in the car rider line. Read a
devotional on your phone while sitting in the doctor or dentist office waiting for your name to be called. If you’re like me and you find yourself eating alone in a restaurant, put your earbuds in and listen to worship music, a podcast, a devotional while you eat. There are many ways for us to be still even in the business of the day to worship and fix our eyes on Christ. It’s a choice.
HAPPY VALENTINES to each of you and remember…….
You and I were and are loved so much that the God of the Universe sent His Only Son to hang on a rugged cross that we may have eternal life. There is NO Greater Love!
Until next week……..Don’t forget to smile!