Week beginning: 12th October, 2014

By James Johnston | Carlisle

"Let be and be still, and know [recognize and understand] that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!"

Psalm 46:10 (AMP)

How often as lawyers (and probably personally in whatever circumstances we might encounter), do we rush around in our own strength to achieve and accomplish targets, deadlines, promotions, new instructions? The legal profession is awash with pressure to not keep still, but to always be moving onwards to the next goal.

Perhaps at the moment you are in the middle of hectic work schedules, court deadlines, exams, or quiet and in need of new work, which doesn't seem to be coming in. The automatic response can so often be to rely on self, to worry, to ignore the Lord.

The Lord is very clear here: let those worries be and be still and know that He is God. There is no promise to remove deadlines, targets, the need to plan for and target new work, but there is an absolute assurance that whilst we go around all of those things we should not do so relying on self, but resting in Him who is God and who will be exalted. What an opportunity to witness to colleagues, clients and friends: that whilst we go through precisely what they do, we do so in Him not alone.

Prayer points

The NASB translation begins "cease striving..." ... how can you put that into practice this week?

Give thanks for the work of our brothers and sisters in East Africa and for the amazing work done through the CLEAR programme – often in very difficult circumstances.