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Devotional / Re: Daily Devotion
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Monday, September 11, 2017   

Our Immeasurable, Measuring God
 Jen Wilkin  |  Bio  @jenniferwilkin Facebook

Today’s Verse
“Who else has held the oceans in his hand? Who has measured off the heavens with his fingers? Who else knows the weight of the earth or has weighed the mountains and hills on a scale?”  Isaiah 40:12

On the day I was born, the doctor who delivered me inscribed my birth records with a firm hand: 7 pounds, 11 ounces, 21 inches. It was the first legally attested evidence that I was not God.  God is infinite, unbound by limits. He defies measurement of any kind. His limitlessness underlies all of his attributes; his power, knowledge, love, and mercy are not merely great, but they are infinitely so, measurelessly so. No one can place any aspect of who God is on a scale or against a yardstick.  One of my favorite hymns speaks to the measurelessness of just one of God’s attributes: his love. The hymn writer reflects on the futility of trying to capture it:

Could we with ink the ocean fill,
And were the skies of parchment made;
Were every stalk on earth a quill,
And every man a scribe by trade;
To write the love of God above
Would drain the ocean dry;
Nor could the scroll contain the whole,
Though stretched from sky to sky.

Paradoxically, he who is immeasurable is himself the measure of all things. Note this beautiful contrast in Isaiah 40: “Who has measured the waters in the hollow of his hand and marked off the heavens with a span, enclosed the dust of the earth in a measure and weighed the mountains in scales and the hills in a balance? Who has measured the Spirit of the Lord, or what man shows him his counsel?” (Isa. 40:12–13, ESV).

Put succinctly, who has measured everything?

God has. Who has measured God?

No one.
Devotional / Re: Daily Devotion
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Friday, September 08, 2017   

Rest for All Eternity
Hannah Anderson  |  @sometimesalight  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“So there is a special rest still waiting for the people of God. For all who have entered into God’s rest have rested from their labors, just as God did after creating the world.”  Hebrews 4:9–10

Does the promise of rest seem alluring to you but simultaneously impossible?

When you think of taking a break, does your mind immediately flood with a hundred reasons why you can’t?

In a world that tells you to “do it all,” humility calls you to rest as an act of faith.  After God created the world, Scripture tells us that he rested from his work. He did not stop because he was tired but to show us how to rest. In fact, he made our bodies in such a way that they cannot function without regular times of inactivity. But pride tempts us to ignore these natural rhythms. Pride tempts us to put our faith in our own willpower, passion, and physical endurance. Humility, in contrast, believes that God will care for us while we rest.  In many ways, the physical act of resting, of ceasing our work, is an act of trust. And in God’s wisdom, you must practice this spiritual discipline every night. Each night, you must lay your body down, close your eyes, and trust that the world will be safe without you. Each night, you must trust that God is God and you aren’t. Each night you must practice so that in practicing, he will make you perfect. As you learn to trust him enough to rest in this life, he is teaching you how to trust him for all eternity.
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Thursday, September 07, 2017   

Rest in the Brokenness
Hannah Anderson  |  @sometimesalight  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“My health may fail, and my spirit may grow weak, but God remains the strength of my heart; he is mine forever.”
Psalm 73:26

Even before you read these words today, you’ve probably already experienced the weight of a broken world. The report of children killed in that far away land. The words of anger spoken in a careless moment. The diagnosis that, once issued, cannot be revoked. The presence of evil in the world is enough to crush your soul, but humility restores it.  Sometimes, in the face of evil, you may want to rage and fight back, to find some way to make the world better. Sometimes all you can do is withdraw to a place of safety and nurse your wounded heart. But humility teaches us that we do not face evil alone. Humility reminds us that we are not responsible to save the world but to trust the One who already has. Humility teaches us to rely on the goodness and power of God in the midst of the brokenness.  Like the wild blackberry, with its prickly canes and lush fruit, this earthly life is full of both pain and joy. You must not deny the pain of the world, but you also must not lose sight of God’s grace in the midst of it. The humble person continues to forage for this grace; the humble person continues to hope. Even in the brokenness, there is life. Even the brokenness, there is goodness. Even in the brokenness, there is rest for your soul.
Devotional / Re: Daily Devotion
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Wednesday, September 06, 2017   

Rest in Your Labor
Hannah Anderson |  @sometimesalight  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“We can make our plans, but the LORD determines our steps.”  Proverbs 16:9

Do you feel at peace in your work?

When you look at your to-do list, do you see an opportunity for God to work?

Or does an ever-present sense of failure loom over you before you even begin your day?

God has made you with unique gifts and has given you a specific calling to work for his glory in this world. But despite calling you to work, God does not entrust you with the outcome of your work. That is his domain and he is sovereign over it.  So often stress and anxiety come from a deeper need to perform and control outcomes. We need to know that we are significant, that our work is important, that our lives are meaningful. But God asks us to trust him with the outcomes, to be faithful in the work not the results. As the poet John Donne reminds us;

God doth not need
Either man's work or his own gifts; who best
Bear his mild yoke, they serve him best.

Learning to trust God with our work means humbly surrendering to the possibility that it will not be fulfilled in the way we imagine. But learning to trust God with our work also means humbly surrendering to the possibility that it will be fulfilled in ways we cannot imagine. And when we reach this place when we no longer feel responsible for outcomes we can rest.  So today, enter into your work with peace. Surrender your efforts to his hand, remembering that he is responsible to establish them. Submit to him and let the weight of performance roll off your shoulders.
Devotional / Re: Daily Devotion
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Tuesday, September 05, 2017   

Rest Through Dependence
Hannah Anderson  |  @sometimesalight  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me. Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.”  John 15:4–5

When God made you in his image, he made you to enjoy a life of abundance and good work. But when God made you in his image, he also made you dependent. He made you in such a way that you cannot flourish apart from him.  The temptation to live independent of God is a subtle one especially for people who are busy doing good things. In our good desire to serve, we can sometimes minister out of our own strength, neglecting basic necessities of rest, prayer, meditation, and worship. We become so busy trying to produce fruit that we don’t even realize that we’ve been cut off from God’s means of grace.  Even though the temptation to live independent of God may be subtle, the results are not. Like a branch cut from the vine, you will quickly begin to wither your leaves will turn brown, your flowers fade, and your fruit falter. But even here, humility restores us. Even here humility brings rest.  As you acknowledge your helplessness, as you acknowledge that apart from him you can do nothing, as you draw life from the True Vine, you will flourish once again. And here, in confessing your dependence, you will experience the rest that will come when he supplies all your need.
Devotional / Re: Daily Devotion
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Monday, September 04, 2017   

Rest from Pride
Hannah Anderson  |  @sometimesalight  Facebook

Today’s Verse
“Then Jesus said, ‘Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’”
Matthew 11:28–29

Stressed out. Overworked. Anxious. Do these words describe you?

Do you regularly feel overwhelmed and uncertain of your abilities?

In the midst of the turmoil and weariness, Jesus invites you to himself. He invites you to “Come.”

But in coming, you must leave behind your pride and self-reliance. In coming, you must acknowledge your helplessness. In coming, you must be willing to be like him: humble in heart.  So often, anxiety and restlessness stem from a heart desperate to prove our worth to prove it to ourselves, to others, and yes, even to God. Sometimes this weight feels like a wooden beam, a burden lashed to our shoulders. Sometimes it is literally the weight of the world as we try to establish our significance in and through it.  But Jesus calls us away from self reliance and pride, away from the lie that tells us that we must and can do it all. He invites us to rest in his power, to rest in his acceptance, to rest in his righteousness.  This is the one command we must obey: “Come.” In coming, we confess that he is the only one who can give us peace. Not our abilities, not our willpower, not our passion. He, and he alone, can provide the rest that our souls long for.
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