A WILD Devotional by Monica Martin
We move at such rapid speeds: a text here, an email there, social media everywhere. Not to mention, trying to keep up with our “to-do” lists. It leaves us thinking “how will I ever get this done?” It’s counter-cultural to JUST BE STILL!
As tragic events unfold before our eyes, and with such division at every corner, I find myself asking God, “What is happening?” “Why is this happening?” and “What can I do?” With so many important issues at hand, it’s difficult for me to imagine making an impact. When the loudest voices get heard the most, there’s a tendency to want to shout louder. However, when we shout, there is so much noise in the atmosphere that we can’t hear clearly. When the chaos of this world starts to encroach on my world; my home, my church, my family, my work, I want to take control, to do something. Yet, His voice says to me,
“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 NKJV)
…and suddenly I know that even if the chaos around me comes close to home, there is a peace and a stillness available in Jesus and I can enter into His rest.
My knowing that He is God does not remove my responsibility to act or speak. It does, however, give me the proper perspective to begin with: Him. His will. His power. His love. Through prayer and the application of His truth to guide my words and actions, I become his hands and feet to affect this hurting world, even if it’s only in my sphere of influence. Just because I can’t do everything doesn’t mean I can’t do something. Jesus said,
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV).
Join me in this prayer:
Father, I trust in your goodness, I pray for Your peace on earth and in our lives. Make me like Jesus, who did the works He saw You do and said the words He heard You speak. May I be ready and willing to say “yes!” to You at every opportunity. May I be quick to love and forgive. In Jesus name, amen.
Monica Martin and her husband Brandon have been married just one year and have an adorable dog named Luey. Together they own Martin Welding & Fabrication Inc, an ornamental and structural metal company. They are active members of The City Church and serve in the Guest Experience, City Kids and Grow ministries. Monica and Brandon are passionate about prayer and will soon be leading a City Group. To connect with a City Group, sign up here.