W39D6 - Relationships
Week 40, Day 1 - Emotional Intelligence

Rest Stop 39

"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High
    will rest in the shadow of the Almighty" - Psalm 91:1.

If people are in another person's shadow, it indicates that they are standing really close to that person. In today's verse, the person who dwells in God's shelter gets to enjoy the rest that comes from being close to God. How can one dwell in this house and rest in His shadow? This rest does not come from observing a day, but from practicing the disciplines God requires: prayer, Bible reading, generosity toward the poor, hospitality toward the lonely and commitment to a local fellowship of believers. No matter how powerful, busy, prosperous or famous they are, leaders are expected to do those things. When they do, they will enjoy rest because they live close to God - close enough to stand in His shadow.

LEADERSHIP STEP: Your Step today is to determine if you are so busy that it is costing you the time you need to spend with God. If that's the case, then you are not resting properly and it has nothing to do with how much sleep you get. There are five disciplines mentioned in bold above. Grade yourself on a scale of 1 (poor) to 5 (excellent) in each area. Then look and see where you are not doing what it takes to say close to God. What is that low score or scores costing you?


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