2 Chronicles 4:7 “And he made ten candlesticks of gold according to their form, and set them in the temple, five on the right hand, and five on the left.”
Seems an odd verse to start a devotional – doesn’t it?
What significance could it hold for our lives? Most of the time, we skim the ‘so-and-so begat so-and-so’ parts because they lack any significance to our lives today. The descriptions of the measurements of things become a boring statistic because we fail to see just how this applies to my life.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good works.”
According to my Heavenly Father, there is not one piece of scripture that is not profitable for me to learn. What we lack is the ability to meditate and discern just what it is we should be getting from what we read. We’re impatient. We fail to wait on God to hear His response when we ask.
This one word can be so powerful in your life today if we truly embraced its significance. If we paused before we spoke when our hearts are wounded, we might not have wounded others so swiftly, with such insensitivity and without thought for the outcome.
If we paused before we responded to words spoken in love to us and truly listened, we might just discern that we are not as knowledgeable as we had once thought. We may learn more, grow more and continue to do so when we see ourselves as continual students; desiring to learn everything and anything that might come our way.
Pause gives my anger time to abate before I respond unkindly, harshly or without thought for the one to who I am speaking.
Pause allows me to reflect on just what it is I just read and ask God just how it applies to me.
Pause calms my heart when the storm inside is raging.
Pause allows the rage to dissipate, the emotion to asswage and see more clearly to respond as God would direct me and not my flesh.
Pause gives me to opportunity to discern just who is doing the talking to my mind and filter those words as God would have me to see if they are really true.
Pause allows me the time to go to God when I don’t understand and wait for Him to respond to my brokenness; my wounded heart; my hurt pride and self worth.
Pause allows time for me to hear the Holy Spirit of God when I ask Him a question and the answer seems slow in coming.
Pause allows me to be immersed in a simple truth like “Jesus loves me” and come away with a confidence and a love deeper than a simple statement can give.
Pause forces me to reflect on just how my sin has hurt the heart of the One I say I love so much and serve with my life.
Pause gives me opportunity to put myself in place of others to see how they feel; how my words have made them feel; how my actions affect those around me and allows God to minister to my needs as I wait on Him.
Proverbs 15:1 “A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger.”
Pausing before racing through an intersection may very well save our life from those pushing a light desiring to beat the change.
Pausing before we respond to harsh words spoken in anger that seem to strike deeply and hurt can allow us to take up a perspective that would ask, “What would cause them to say such a thing?” “Are they hurting and just striking back at the one in nearest proximity?”
Pause gives me time to look beyond my selfish desires to hear God as He tells me what are my true needs for which I should be praying.
We have an axiom we repeat often in the military – “Hurry up and wait”. The principle being that we hurry throught the preparation only to wait to apply what we’ve prepared for.
We’ve got the ‘hurry up’ part down pat – its the ‘wait’ part we seem to neglect.
Steve Curington introduced the word “Pause” into RU Recovery program to help us to reflect and meditate.
Pause before reading to ask for wisdom and discernment.
Pause while reading something I do not understand to ask for clarity.
Pause after reading to ask how it applies to my life.
Pause throughout my day to reflect on a truth I read to see how God prepared what I read to be used. So often, when I take a truth with me throughout the day, God reveals Himself in ways I could never have imagined.
Pause in prayer helps me to understand that it is not a time for me to recite my laundry list to God and call it prayer. Prayer becomes an interactive communication with the One who so desires to reveal Himself to me; guide and direct me; preserve and protect me, and give me things so that I, in turn, can give to others.
Pausing throughout my day allows gratitude to come to the forefront and thanksgiveing to flood my soul.
So often we are more prone to complain than give thanks. We find fault in others that were placed in our life to aid us in growing.
When I pause after waking to thank God for protection while I slept; thankful for a nice bed to sleep in and a new day prepared for me; I begin to have a better outlook on my day.
When I pause before I race off to work to thank God for those in my life; for who they are and what they are to me opens up possibilities to treat those I love with words of kindness and peace.
When I pause before I enter my place of work and thank God for the job He has given me, I can then ask to be used for the purpose He has in mind. I can be more prepared to be a witness for Him and pray for the lost.
Pause is the beginning of meditation; it is the door that opens up possibilities you and I cannot grasp by racing through this life. We must take the time to drink in the sunrise… Allow God’s love to wash over us… To feel the loving and compassionate hand of forgiveness and cleansing when we confess and repent of our sin.
So much more could be said about this one word – Pause. Take the time to pause on one thing today. God may just open a door we have been walking by for some time and reveal Himself in a new and marvelous way!