Daily Devotional – Tuesday May 30 2006
Ephesians 3:14 - 21
Lord, bless me with understanding and clarity. Open me to your message and love.
I wish you a very special day today. I wish that you have the opportunity to thank God for your life and how wonderful it is. Even if you may think your life isn’t wonderful, the fact that you are reading this devotional means that God is in your life and that alone makes it wonderful. Today I am flying back from opening my summer cottage in eastern Canada. It is a wonderful time of year and I realize again how blessed I am.
Many years ago when I was first struggling with understanding God, someone gave me a book to read. It was called Sit Walk Stand written by a Chinese Christian called Watchman Nee. It is a small book of less than 100 pages and very easy to read and understand. It is a study and commentary on Ephesians. It speaks of 3 phases of the Christian journey and development. Today’s reading is from the Sit phase. The 3 phases are sequential and to Sit is the first stage. One might assume you would start a journey by doing something. Not so according to Mr. Nee. You start by sitting and quietly talking to God; to be conscious of your spiritual self within. Through faith in Jesus Christ we have God within us. He is not some foreign Power residing up there somewhere. He is here and now. Our spiritual self is God given and Jesus is the power source. Faith is our battery. It gives us knowledge that passes all understanding. (sound familiar?)
Before we can get up and go and do god’s work, we must first restore our energy and our battery. We must sit and let our Soul talk to God. The world and its demands on us will force us into confined spaces where our focus is very narrow and our knowledge limited. It doesn’t have to be that way. We all have God within. We just have to sit still long enough to discover it.
John Dickie, May 30, 2006