From Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young, August 29:
Demonstrate your trust in me by sitting quietly in My Presence. Put aside all that is waiting to be done, and refuse to worry about anything. This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring. By waiting with Me before you being the day’s activities, you proclaim the reality of my living presence. This act of faith – waiting before working – is noted in the spirit world, where your power of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness.
The most effective way to resist evil is to draw near to Me. When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word. The world is so complex and overstimulating that you can easily lose your sense of direction. Doing countless unnecessary activities will dissipate your energy. When you spend time with Me, I restore your sense of direction. As you look to me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more.
And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing. Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds!And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? ~Luke 12: 22-26
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. ~Ephesians 6:12
Commit your work to the Lord,
and your plans will be established. ~Proverbs 16:3
I read this today and it really spoke to me. I can find a lot of satisfaction in “doing” a lot of things. Checking things off my list. Accomplishing goals. Seeing the results of my work. And not that these are bad things. But the trouble with trying to do it all myself, is that I don’t leave any room for God to do anything. I’ve got this. I don’t need any help, really. Another trouble with this, is that when I don’t meet my own expectations for myself (which might even be unreasonably too high) I put a lot of pressure on myself.
I want to learn to rest in God’s presence. “Do”-ing less, but accomplishing more. Not my by own power or strength, but by the power of God.