The beginning of a New Year is a good time to reflect on the past year and think about what you’d like to do differently in the coming one. It’s a time to pause in quiet reflection to consider what real changes you may need to make in your own life such as improving your health, having a greater work-life balance, even becoming a more patient person. Being a student of your own life requires time and intentionality.
Why is it important to have times and disciplines in our life where we slow down and pause? I believe it allows our spirits to be open to hearing the voice of God especially in a culture that is screaming for our attention. A pause also allows us to focus better, which many people miss because they’re off and running January 1. Building the PAUSE into the rhythm of your life can help calm and guide your heart and mind especially when life throws you a curve ball.
Being quiet and examining oneself can be difficult because it makes us uneasy however, God tells us that to succeed, we need to turn down the noise of the world to hear His.
“Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their ways, when they carry out their wicked schemes.” Psalm 37:7
In today’s message, we’ll hear the story of the prophet Elijah who, at a low point in his ministry, lost his focus on God which led to discouragement and hopelessness. But it’s at that moment when God speaks to him with a “delicate whisper” requiring Elijah to lean in and listen. Elijah had to turn down the noise in his own mind to hear God speak.
Can you hear when God whispers to you or are you too busy to stop and listen? Let’s take some time right now to pause and listen and start this year off on the right footing.
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Mark Jobe serves as president of Moody Bible Institute and host of Moody Radio's Bold Steps. He is the author of Unstuck: Out of Your Cave into Your Call (Moody Publishers). He is also the founding pastor of New Life Community Church, a Chicago-based ministry with 27 locations throughout Chicago. Mark earned a diploma from Moody in 1984, a master’s degree from Moody Theological Seminary, and a doctorate in transformational leadership from Bakke Graduate University. He and his wife, Dee, have three adult children.
Bold Steps with Dr. Mark Jobe takes you on the path to freedom and authenticity in Christ. With candid, topical teaching from God’s Word, Dr. Jobe offers simple gospel messages with the power to transform your life.