Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Outpourings: Wait...Then Work

Are you a "Martha" or a "Mary" today?
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"Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things, but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her." 
Luke 10:41-42.

The above verses happen to be one of my favorite Bible passages.  You know how certain pieces of Scripture strike your heart to its core, leaving you convicted, passionate, and eager to be transformed?  That's what this passage does to me.

Most of the time, I feel like Martha: unable to quiet my "workhorse" mentality to spend quiet moments waiting upon the Lord.  Do you ever feel this way?  

Today's reading in Jesus Calling touches on the glories of waiting before working.  Taken from Scripture, the significance of waiting upon the Lord first and foremost has many advantages:

ONE: "This sacred time together strengthens you and prepares you to face whatever the day will bring." (Luke 12:22-26)

TWO: "This act of faith--waiting before working--is noted in the spirit world, where your demonstration of trust weakens principalities and powers of darkness." (Ephesians 6:12)

THREE: "When you need to take action, I will guide you clearly through My Spirit and My Word." (Proverbs 16:3)

FOUR: "As you look to Me for guidance, I enable you to do less but accomplish more." (Proverbs 16:9)

Let us outpour ourselves before the Lord today--before we work, may we wait and rest in His Presence!

Which of these promises touches you most deeply?  What does waiting upon the Lord teach you?

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