“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” Matthew 11:28-30, The Message.
Abide in me. Stay close to me. I will lead you to good fruit. Follow my lead. Choose my pace. Don’t rush ahead. Take a deep breath.
Beloved, it is vitally necessary that you stay close to me. You can’t do it on your own. That isn’t how I created you. I created you to do everything with me. I want to be with you my beloved.
My peace I give you. I do not give as the world gives. You can’t look to the world and expect to find the answers you are searching for. The answers are found in Me alone.
Do not yield to fear or be troubled in your hearts; instead be courageous! Cling to me. Believe in me. For my strength is perfected in weakness.
I am here. I am with you. I promise to never leave you. Trust me beloved. Walk in glory.
Most of our devotionals are very practical, but the intimacy of this one just felt right. Abiding is all about intimacy. It has more to do with the posture of our heart, than practicality. Do you believe the Lord wants to speak to you? He does. Do you believe He wants to hear your prayers? More than you can possibly imagine. My challenge to you today is this: Believe with God all things are possible.
Reflect and Respond:
1. How did this devotional make you feel? Circle the things that stood out to you. Journal about your experience.
2. Slowly read John 15:1-17. Ask God questions and ponder His words. Read it again tomorrow and perhaps the next day too.
3. Spend some quality time with Jesus today. Go for a walk with Him. Invite Him to join you for coffee. Open your Bible and listen for His voice. Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you.
Encouragement: Jesus is with you even when you don’t feel Him. If you seek Him with your whole heart, you will find Him. This is a promise you can hold onto.
Recommended Resource: “Abide and Listen” by Bill Johnson