Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this
2 Timothy 2:7
This week’s devotional is from Sarah Small, Head of the Eden Network.
It’s time to pause. Take a deep breath. Slow down a moment. Don’t rush. Fight the temptation to read through these notes, get to the end and mark as done.
This week we’re going to reflect.
Paul advises Timothy to ‘Reflect on what I am saying, for the Lord will give you insight into all this’ (2 Timothy 2:7).
In our fast paced society we can struggle to reflect, to meditate and to spend time dwelling in God’s word and his presence.
Over the past five weeks we’ve covered a range of topics, each of which will have challenged or encouraged you in different ways. But now it’s time to be honest. Have you really engaged? Has anything changed? Has the word taken root in your heart? Have you acted on it? Let’s not rush through this season of Lent with the destination of Easter as our primary goal. Let’s spend some time examining our hearts as we journey through this time together.
Our challenge today is to be counter-cultural. To spend some time in rest and reflection. To re-read something that’s challenged or encouraged you over the previous weeks. Once you’ve re-read it, stop, pray and ask for God’s insight. What is he saying to you and what are you going to do about it?
Take a few more deep breaths.
As a child I remember reading Selwyn Hughes bible notes, ‘Everyday with Jesus.’ He warned never to open the word without first praying and asking God to speak and to prepare your heart to listen. So why don’t you do that now?
Following that prayer, pick a verse or a devotional that you’ve read before and then read it again. Read it slower. Read it out loud.
Re-read one of the previous devotions. Then stop, pray and ask for God’s insight.
Read last weeks devotional on the theme of giving here.