Mind Your Business
“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.
Today’s verse contains three commands for you to follow. The first is to “be still before the Lord.” Just the other day, you hopefully read a devotional named “Silence,” which urged you to spend some quiet time away from the noise of cell phones and computers. The next command is to “wait patiently” for Him. This does not mean you live a passive life, but rather that you recognize things that only God can do and trust Him to do those while you do what it is that only you can do. Then the final command is “not to fret.” You can waste much emotional energy when you worry, fuss or get agitated over things that are not your business in the first place. Peter tried to meddle in and fret over another person’s destiny and this is how Jesus responded:
“When Peter saw him [John], he asked, ‘Lord, what about him?’ Jesus answered, ‘If I want him to remain alive until I return, what is that to you? You must follow me’”
– John 21:21-22.
Are you fretting over the affairs of someone else? Are you allowing that to keep you from being still and staying focused on your business and walk with the Lord? Why do you think you are so driven to get upset over things that are not really yours to fret over?
Today’s reading – Psalm 36-40
John Stanko was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and attended Duquesne University where he received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics in 1972 and 1974 respectively.
Since then, John has served as an administrator, teacher, consultant, author, and pastor in his professional career. He holds a second master’s degree in pastoral ministries, and earned his Doctor of Ministry from Reformed Presbyterian Theological Seminary in Pittsburgh in 2011.
John founded a personal and leadership development company, called PurposeQuest, in 2001 and today travels the world to speak, consult and inspire leaders and people everywhere. From 2001-2008, he spent six months a year in Africa and still enjoys visiting and working on that continent, while teaching for Geneva College’s Masters of Organizational Leadership and the Center for Urban Biblical Ministry in his hometown of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Most recently, John founded Urban Press, a publishing service designed to tell stories of the city, from the city and to the city.