Streams in The Desert

Quietness

He giveth quietness. – Job 34:29

Quietness amid the dash of the storm. We sail the lake with Him still; and as we reach its middle waters, far from land, under midnight skies, suddenly a great storm sweeps down. Earth and hell seem arrayed against us, and each billow threatens to overwhelm. Then He arises from His sleep, and rebukes the winds and the waves; His hand waves benediction and repose over the rage of the tempestuous elements. His voice is heard above the scream of the wind in the cordage and the conflict of the billows, “Peace, be still!” Can you not hear it? And there is instantly a great calm. “He giveth quietness.” Quietness amid the loss of inward consolations. He sometimes withdraws these, because we make too much of them. We are tempted to look at our joy, our ecstasies, our transports, or our visions, with too great complacency. Then love for love’s sake, withdraws them. But, by His grace, He leads us to distinguish between them and Himself. He draws nigh, and whispers the assurance of His presence. Thus an infinite calm comes to keep our heart and mind. “He giveth quietness.”

“He giveth quietness.” O Elder Brother,  
Whose homeless feet have pressed our path of pain,  
Whose hands have borne the burden of our sorrow,  
That in our losses we might find our gain.  

“Of all Thy gifts and infinite consolings,  
I ask but this: in every troubled hour  
To hear Thy voice through all the tumults stealing,  
And rest serene beneath its tranquil power.  

“Cares cannot fret me if my soul be dwelling  
In the still air of faith’s untroubled day;  
Grief cannot shake me if I walk beside thee,  
My hand in Thine along the darkening way.  

“Content to know there comes a radiant morning  
When from all shadows I shall find release,  
Serene to wait the rapture of its dawning—  
Who can make trouble when Thou sendest peace?”

People Who Long to Be Rich

But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.

~ 1 Timothy 6:9 [NLT]

Ask around and everyone will tell you they wish they had more money. But yet, more than likely, there is food on the table and clothes on their backs. We must be diligent in our thoughts to avoid longing to be rich. This greediness leaves us vulnerable to take risks that lead to ruin all for the sake of being rich. Seek out contentment in the Lord and you will receive many blessings. 

Evening Prayer

POWER IN WISDOM 
Proverbs 24:3-6; Matthew 7:25

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

May you be like a house that stands steadily on solid ground, built firmly by wisdom and understanding. Though the rains come or the streams rise or the winds blow, I pray that you will not be destroyed, for wisdom, knowledge and understanding will increase your power and your strength. I pray that you will also seek guidance from godly people so that you may gain victory in everything you do. May the Lord surround you with people of discernment and great wisdom. May God lead you to the advisers He has ordained for you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Kindness

Never let loyalty and kindness leave you! Tie them around your neck as a reminder. Write them deep within your heart.

~ Proverbs 3:3 [NLT]

Kindness is what it looks like to to be a Christ follower.  You should stand out in your workplace and community as a kind person.  Kindness should color your every interaction, from checking out at the grocery store to how you address your spouse.  Let kindness define your actions today.

Evening Prayer

COMPETENCE FROM GOD 
Romans 15:14; 2 Corinthians 3:5

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You

I pray that God will continue to develop your abilities and add to your knowledge. May you have the spirit of excellence and the passion to be better at what God has called you to do. I pray that you will not be absorbed by your own competence and become overly proud. May you remember that your competence comes from God and has been given to you to fulfill your calling. I pray that you will continue to advance His kingdom with the abilities He has given you.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Who Am I?

When I look at the night sky and see the work of your fingers— the moon and the stars you set in place— what are mere mortals that you should think about them, human beings that you should care for them?

~ Psalm 8:3-4 [NLT]

When we pause to ponder the greatness of God, humility is the natural response.  God holds time and space in His hands.  Who are we?  We are passing dust compared to His grand eternal glory.  Yet, He still loves us and calls us His children.  Thank God for calling you His own.