But God- Stillness in Him

Greetings,

 

In the last two weeks I have been traveling 10 days, and leave tomorrow for the west coast. When home, my schedule has been filled with Bible studies, church, and appointments. Many of you know what I’m talking about. Because our lives are so fast paced, I thought it might be beneficial to look again at the ‘still waters’ to which the Shepherd leads us.

 

As you know, the next line of the Psalm is ‘He leads me in paths of righteousness’. These paths he leads us on are the walking part of our journey with the Shepherd. As you may recall, His way of order of operations to begin with, nourishment, refreshment and rest- then the journey. With that in mind, I want to look a bit at the still waters. I’m going to use the word stillness along with still in this writing.

 

Quite often in Scripture we find Abba telling us to be still- calling us to this stillness- commanding us to cease striving- all with the same motive- to know Him. I am confident that this stillness with Him, that He calls us to, prepares for us, and leads us to, is one of the most essential pieces to our journey. It is here that intimacy with Him grows most abundantly.

 

Now, I know that some of you have tried this and it never seems to work. Others believe that only pastors and spiritual giants take part in this stillness. It is the stuff of mystics and theologians. Not true. Abba would not command us to do this if He didn’t intend it for all of us. For it is in the quiet, in the stillness, that we can hear Him remind us, by His Spirit, the our Shepherd is good and trustworthy. It is there that Abba can remind us that Jesus lives in us. It is there He can remind us that we live in Jesus. That Jesus is our life. That in Him, we live and move and have our being. And it is there that Jesus can remind us that Abba has adopted us and we are His beloved children, and that absolutely no one can snatch us from Abba’s hand. As we are still, we see our image and our position correctly, our souls are renewed and restored and we are ready then to be led in His paths of righteousness.

 

I would encourage us all then to select a regular time and place to experience this stillness in Him. Be intentional about it- put it in your calendar- set a reminder- all you need do for starters is show up and be still. Thank Him that He is in you and you are in Him and let this glorious truth restore your soul. Next time we may begin to look at the paths of righteousness- until then, enjoy.

 

Blessings,

Thomas

thomas@robinsonoutdoors.com

 

                              “If you want to know what someone really thinks, just listen to what they say after the word  ‘but’ …so it is here with…”but God!”“ 

 

Note: “but God” is a weekly ministry of Robinson Outdoors Products written for us by pastor and spiritual counselor, Thomas Paige. “But God” is posted each week on the ScentBlocker website and can be found there along with the archives of messages of past weeks, months and years from Thomas. “But God” is also posted each week on ScentBlocker Facebook page and on Twitter.

 

You may ask, “why would Robinson, an outdoor products company with brands ScentBlocker, Tree Spider and Whitewater, making  products for hunters, spend its time on something like “but God”?”  Great question, as we here at Robinson consider our work place our mission field, our products bearing the John 3:16 inscription our outreach. For 2014, there is a laminated waterproof jacket pocket insert that contains the salvation message printed in two languages. And, we ask the Lord to provide more opportunities for us to be a light unto a dark world.

 

What responses do we receive from our customers? Each week thousands and thousands of people read the “but God” message online. We receive dozens and dozens of appreciative emails, rejoicing that a company has the courage to stand up for what it believes despite perhaps it not being the most popular thing to do these days. Occasionally, we do receive a message from an irate customer that did not want to hear about God’s message. To those we restate our concern for their souls and wish them the very best. Overall, “but God”  has been a blessing to our lives and to our  business!

 

We hope you will enjoy this weeks’ “but God” as Thomas continues the series, unto the Lord!

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