Devotional for Wednesday January 31st

Good Morning Everyone,

 

Our theme for this month: “Balance”

 

Our Bible verse for today: “God has made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.” Ecclesiastes 7:29 (TEV)

 

Our thought for today: “Leave room for the singing of angels.”

 

As I was sitting here this morning on the last day of the month, thinking and praying about the final devotional about “balance”, my thoughts were drawn to an article I wrote more than ten years ago. The title of the article is “Room for the Singing of Angels”. (You can read / download it on my website at www.JimMersereauBooks.com. Just click on the tab “free articles”).

 

I got the idea for the article from a book by Howard Thurman entitled “Deep is the Hunger”. In that book he made the statement, “There must be remaining in every man’s life some place for the singing of angels.” By that he meant that we must structure our lives in such a way that there is time and room for quietness and peaceful relaxation so that we can hear from God.

 

The problem for many of us is that we fill our lives right to the outer edges with people and activities and noise. Our days are crammed with work, chores, hobbies, and all sorts of other activities and demands. This is the observation Solomon was making in Ecclesiastes 7:29 when he wrote, “God has made us plain and simple, but we have made ourselves very complicated.”

 

Thurman’s point in his book (and mine in my article) is that there must be space in our lives for quietness and peace, because that’s where God is heard best and most often. This is the “room for the singing of angels” Thurman was writing about. It’s where our heart is calm, our mind is clear, we’re at rest, and we are therefore in a position to hear from God. It’s in such times that He speaks to our troubled minds and soothes our frazzled soul.

 

I want to end this month by sharing with you my favorite Psalm. It is Psalm 23 and this is the NIV rendition:

 

“The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not be in want.

He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.

He guides me in paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”

 

I pray that you achieve good balance in your life; that you experience peace and rest; and that you leave room each day to hear the singing of angels.

 

God Bless,

Pastor Jim

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