This is our B moment. Our moment to be still…to be fed by the Word of God…to be grateful.
Scripture reference: Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
Today I am thinking about the importance of rising above the issues of the day.
Today’s message reminds me of an experience I had earlier this year when my car broke down. About six months ago, I drove to the grocery store and just as I turned down the aisle in search of a parking spot, my car stopped. It died on me in the middle of the aisle. As cars began to pile up behind me, I threw my flashers on and waved my hand for everyone to go around me.
Just a few moments later, a man walked up and offered to push my car into a parking spot. After he pushed me, I jumped out of the car to thank him and said, “Only God sent you my way so quickly!” He smiled and said, “Your car likely needs a jump, so I’ll just pull my truck around.”
As the man walked away, a woman who was standing nearby said a few words to me that I’ll never forget. She said, “You’re right, God probably sent him to you, so take that frantic look off your face. As a follower of Christ, even when you’re going through something, you’re not supposed to look like it.” Then she smiled and politely walked off. She was really saying rise above the issues of your day.
When I turn to the Scriptures, this is exactly what Cornelius did. Cornelius was a devout man of God who gave generously to the poor, but because he was a Gentile, the Jews saw him as impure. Imagine the conditions Cornelius lived under day in and day out; yet he was still able to transcend the issues of his day, stay connected to God, and care for his fellow man.
As you transcend your issues, hold onto these words: “Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
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So today, rise above.