During the Cold War, the Strategic Air Command operated 24 hours a day as a shield of protection for our nation.
This meant combat-configured bombers were always flying to assure the safety of our nation. Since these planes flew constantly, the challenge became how to fuel them without landing. Support planes were configured to fly to the Strategic Air Command plane, dock and refuel the plane.
We need to learn how to refuel our lives in mid-flight. You can’t always hop off to the beach when you get tired or discouraged. We have to learn how to recharge ourselves in the middle of a hectic lifestyle.
What do you do when you run out of energy?
Psalm 94:19 says, “Lord, when doubts fill my mind, when my heart is in turmoil, quiet me and give me renewed hope and cheer.”
Living in a constantly connected world full of electronics, we are seldom silent. Rarely are we still and quiet.
God says, “Be still, be silent. Stop talking and start listening.”
How can you include being quiet as a part of your life? What if once a day, you went in your backyard, sat down and were just still and quiet?
I’m not talking about reading your Bible, though you ought to read your Bible every day.
I’m talking about getting alone for at least five minutes a day and being completely silent. Ask God a question, and then just sit and listen.
Sometimes we say, “God, I really need Your guidance on this,” and then we get up and get busy. We don’t wait for an answer. Sometimes, the reason we never hear from God is we aren’t still and we don’t listen.
It’s tough staying focused on God’s plan for our lives. We become distracted and discouraged, which leads to doubt.
How do you defeat doubt? Remember three things:
1. I remind myself of God’s goodness yesterday. I make a list of all the things he’s done in my life, and I’m thankful. The attitude of gratitude is the healthiest emotion you can have.
2. I remember God’s presence today. I remind myself God is with me right now. Even when I feel alone, I’m not. I’ve just forgotten he’s with me.
He says, “I’m here. I’m going to help you. I’ve promised I’ll never leave you or forsake you.”
3. I remind myself of God’s promises for tomorrow. There are more than 7,000 promises for us in the Bible.
Each one is like a blank check that I can write: “God, I claim this one today.”
He has said, “I will give you strength and the tools to accomplish the task I’ve given you. I will give you the wisdom you need in this situation if you’ll just call on me.”
God’s goodness yesterday, God’s presence today, God’s promises tomorrow.
I don’t need to doubt. I don’t need to be discouraged. I don’t need to be distracted. I can renew myself daily.
The Rev. Scott Hearn is the senior pastor at Gainesville First United Methodist Church in Gainesville. He can be reached at email@example.com.