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Being Still: Lenten Devotions

Tuesday, April 5

If you have ever tried being still before the Lord, you understand that doing so is a challenge. We are often so consumed with exuberant prayers, vibrant worship, and extensive Bible studies that "stillness" poses a threat to our spiritual well-being and suggests inactivity, if not apathy.

We never stop to consider that the Lord does not need us to perform for him. We never stop to think that he delights in us as we are. Perhaps our misconception here can be blamed on the culture that we live in--running, running, running and doing, doing, doing--seldom stopping to take a breath or rest.

Or perhaps our tendency to perform can be blamed on sin itself and our striving to earn the atonement. We know that we are sinners, we know that we are far from God; we just cannot conceive that his gift of life, of eternal life, comes to us for free.

And so we labor, but God is not pleased, much less impressed: “For you have no delight in sacrifice; if I were to give a burnt offering, you would not be pleased. The sacrifice acceptable to God is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise” (Psalm 51:16-17).

As we enter our time of prayer and reflection today, let us be still in our brokenness. Let us not hide behind the façade of pretentious living but come to God as we are, with all of our weaknesses and vulnerabilities. It is in this that we will find our deepest healing and transformation.

Ebony Adedayo is former Upper Midwest and Plains administrative assistant for Bread for the World.

 

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