TODAY'S WORD FOR Tuesday, March 13, 2018:
Characterized by or showing inability to remain at rest; uneasy; fearful; discontent; unsettled.
Attend to me and hear me; I am restless in my complaint, and moan noisily.
KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE:
David was a man of great faith in God yet he experienced restlessness as we read in Psalm 55:2 (above). At this time David feared for his life due to the rebellion of his own son, Absalom, and the betrayal of his close friend and advisor, Ahithophel.
David loved and served the Lord but he was not immune from the problems and pressures of the evil world he lived in nor the consequences of his own sinful acts. But David knew who to turn to in his times of stress and restlessness.
Even though we believe in Jesus and have put our trust in Him, we experience restlessness in our lives. In times of restlessness we need to turn to God just as David did.
In Psalms 37:1-8, David gives us sound and clear advice as to how to overcome the restlessness in our lives.
First, he tells us not to fret because of the evil people we have to put up with in our lives. We are not to be envious of those who do wrong and seem to prosper and suffer no consequences.
Secondly, we are to trust in the Lord and do good.
Thirdly, we are to delight in the Lord and the result that we can expect is that God shall give us the desires of our heart. To delight in the Lord means desiring to know Him better and grow in the knowledge of His Word.
Fourthly, we are to commit our ways unto the Lord by trusting in Him. To commit our ways to the Lord by entrusting everything – our lives, our family, our work, our possessions – to God’s control and guidance.
Fifthly, we are to rest in the Lord and wait patiently for Him to respond to our cry to Him. He knows what we need and will provide what is best for us if we are willing to wait for it.
Finally, David tells us to cease from anger and turn from wrath and do not fret – it leads only to evil. Dwelling on our problems makes us anxious and angry. If we concentrate on God and His goodness we will find peace.
When we are restless it is easy to let ourselves fret and worry about things. Worry causes us to focus on our problems and get stressed out. Stress often leads to anger. But if we turn our concerns and problems over to the Lord and trust in Him, our thoughts will be focused on Him and not on the concerns that make us restless. Thinking about Jesus and how much He loves us brings rest to our restless soul.
If you are facing restlessness in your life just remember these thoughts: Do not fret; trust in the Lord; delight in the Lord; commit your ways to the Lord; rest in the Lord and cease from anger and forsake wrath.
Our memory verse for this week is found in II Timothy 2:15.
Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, a worker who does not need to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
Help me to overcome restlessness in my life by trusting in You instead of worrying about the “things” in my life. Help me to delight in You, to commit my ways unto You and to rest in You. Thank You for loving me and for the assurance that You hear and answer my prayers according to Your will.
These Family Devotional thoughts are written by Dr. Ken Phillips, Executive Director of America's Hunger
Solution, and his wife Dottie. Ken has had ministry positions
with The Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, World Vision, Youth For Christ, World Opportunities International,
and World Bible Society. He also has consulted for more than 30 Christian ministries in management and stewardship
development. They have published a book called No Problems Only Situations that discusses the journey of their family.
Ken and Dottie have been married for 60 years, and have 6 children, 20 grandchildren, and 3 great grandchildren. Their
second book, TODAY'S WORD, includes 365 daily
devotionals and is now available for only $10.
Ken & Dottie Phillips
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