Tuesday, March 11, 2014
A DIFFERENT KIND OF WORK
All relationships are a two-way street, which include conversations and mutual disclosures. Prayer — conversation with God — is no different. Meditation is our listening part in our conversation with God. It is the way we hear His voice, discern His directions, and accept the power we must have to obey His instructions. Recovery requires a significant amount of hard work, but meditation is a different kind of work. Meditation is not about effort; it is about quieting our mind, body and spirit so we can hear what we need to know. Often times the best thing we can do for our own spiritual life is to stop. Stop working. Stop playing. Stop everything. Be still. Be quiet. Listen.
In contemporary society our Adversary majors in three things: noise, hurry, and crowds. If he (the enemy) can keep us engaged in “muchness” and “manyness”, he will rest satisfied.
Richard J. Foster, Celebration of Discipline pg 15
Hurry is not of the Devil, it is the Devil.
Are you seeking great things for yourself? Don’t do it! But don’t be discouraged!
Jeremiah 45:5 NLT
And yet the reason you don’t have what you want is that you don’t ask God for it. And even when you do ask, you don’t get it because your motive is wrong – you want only what will give you pleasure.
James 4:3 NLT
Scripture is the grounding rod of all meditation. Our commitment to absorb Scripture helps keep our prayer and meditation centered and properly aligned with God’s will for our life. Through the disciplines of prayer and meditation, we learn to listen intently, speak softly, and live powerfully.
We take our efforts seriously, while knowing that serious results are from God. We remain intent and dogged in pursuit of our disciplines, in the working of the steps, but dismiss at all times the notion that our work is enough. It never is. Our miracles come from God, and He offers them in conjunction with our work.
Oswald Chambers, My Utmost for His Highest February 9
This is an excerpt from WHEN LOST MEN COME HOME, not for men only
~ Copyright David Zailer, 2011