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Friday, April 21, 2017

Think About It

Now What?

by Pastor B.J. Knefley

How many times have you uttered “Now what” and wondered what was going to happen next. Have you been in that place? Have you been in that place where everything was going well and suddenly the bottom dropped out? Plan as we might, life doesn’t always go as planned. In one moment you’re going in one direction and the next you’re no longer sure of what direction to take. When you find yourself in that place what do you do? Do you immediately take action or do you wait. Sometimes the best decision is to do nothing. Let the dust settle so that you can see clearly what’s ahead.

We have just finished celebrating Easter. So now what? Where do we go from here? Do we just go about our daily routine? What did those early disciples do? They hid, that’s what they did and then when they saw the risen Christ they still didn’t know what to do. So many questions, so many unanswered dreams and hopes. I can even imagine them saying to Christ, “Now what?”. His answer was simple, “Wait”.

How good are you at waiting? Are you like me who’s always got something going on? Always moving, never sitting still long enough for any dust to settle. Did you know that God said “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps 36:10a). What does that mean, be still? Does it really mean to stop and become motionless? Does it mean to stop doing? Have you ever noticed how easy it is to be still in the woods when you’re watching that big buck, but when it comes to God, not so much? Why is that? Perhaps, it’s because we like to be in control and being still is about waiting and waiting seems so unproductive.

If you’re in that place that you’re asking “Now what?”, perhaps it’s a good time to just sit and wait and do nothing. That’s right, nothing! Wait and listen. Listen for wisdom, guidance, and a sure path forward before you take the next step. Remember the disciples? They waited and suddenly the room they were in was shaken with the might power of God. Could happen again! Think about it.

3 comments :

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Anonymous said...

I 2nd With AMEN & AMEN !!!!

Anonymous said...

I think it's Ps 46:10 rather than Ps 36:10 -- (for those who love to read a quoted verse in context.) "Be still and know that I am God ..." Meditate a bit on the implication of the Hebrew word here for "be still" ("raphah") which means "to sink, to relax, to let drop ..." There is such an element of surrender and TRUST involved. I can just feel a big "Aaahhhhhh" as I sink, relax, let drop. Abiding. The best place to be!