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I NEED A BREAK

 Jeremiah 47:6 “‘Ah, sword of the Lord, how long will you not be quiet? Withdraw into your sheath; be at rest and stay still.’”

O GOD, PLEASE STOP

In chapter 47 Jeremiah is delivering a prophecy against the Philistines.  When God delivers a prophecy through His prophet, you can bet it comes true.  And it did.  They were destroyed.  This verse today, though, struck me.  They are begging for God to stop.  They needed relief.

Have you ever felt that way?  Perhaps it seems the world is crashing down all around you. I am NOT saying you are being judged by God.  But I am saying God is allowing things to come into your life and in the midst of that you cry out to God to please stop it all. You need rest.  You need relief.  You need peace.

TEACHING MOMENT

Okay, this is where the rubber meets the road, so to speak.  These are times when you can truly teach your children how to walk with God.  As a believer, nothing can touch you unless the Lord allows it.  You may feel He has deserted you, but He hasn’t.  He is still right there.  Cry out to Him.  Let your kids be a part of that cry to Him.

AND when He answers, make sure your children know it.  They need to see God at work.  They will grow to expect it.  They will learn to rely on Him.  We cannot promise them a trouble-free life.  Wouldn’t that be nice?  But it is not possible.  So, instead, we give them the One who is the trouble breaker.

Do you feel like a Philistine today?  Do you need God to step in and give you some rest? First, ask Him what He wants you to learn in the moment.  Then pray for His comfort and gentle touch.  That’s really all you need.

O gentle Father, when I feel deserted remind me You are there. When I feel all alone, show me Your presence.  Thank You, Father, for Your comforting words and wisdom.

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