SUMMARY: Slow down
OVERVIEW: Josiah oversees a massive Passover celebration in Jerusalem. Later, he enters into a battle with Egypt without consulting God. Josiah disguised himself in an attempt to deceive the enemy.
BIG IDEA: Slow down; pray first.
KEY VERSE: 2 Chronicles 35:22 (Josiah does not seek God)
But Josiah refused to listen to Neco, to whom God had indeed spoken, and he would not turn back. Instead, he disguised himself and led his army into battle on the plain of Megiddo.
IF GOD WROTE YOU A LETTER
The world appears to go faster each year. Technology has radically shifted your ability to see people across the country or around the world at a rate faster than previously imaginable. Documents are created, designed, and shared with such velocity that it creates space for additional work. Knowledge expands exponentially. Even though you are on the cusp of cutting edge technology, in a few decades, much of what you currently enjoy will be old or obsolete.
But that’s not always a good thing. While you and everyone around you frantically scatter, seeking the latest and the greatest, some constants never change. The earth continues to rotate around the sun, gravity remains in its 1.0 version, and my love is precisely the same. Stop running so fast and slow down. Trust that I am still your most significant source for whatever you pursue. I provide knowledge, love, ideas, friendships, employment, and everything else you tend to forget but can’t live without. Choose to slow down today. Pause frequently and look to me. Catch your breath, acknowledge my presence, and be empowered by my Spirit.
Before putting together a “TO DO” list or seeking opinions and insight from others, ask God for wisdom and direction. Be still before God and sit humbly before him. Acknowledge God’s greatness and commit to God’s plan for your day or intentions for your project or assignment.