Stepping Stones: Sharpen Your Axe

Stepping Stones: Sharpen Your Axe
October 16, 2009 Lighthouse Network

Transformational Tip
There was a lumberjack hired to cut down 30 trees a day. First few days the 30 trees fell easily under his axe. On day 5 he only cut down 25 tress, on day 10 only 8 …on day 20, while he was swinging that axe faster and harder than day 1, only 3 trees fell. The supervisor came to observe why the lumberjack’s performance was so poor. The supervisor saw that the lumberjack’s axe was completely dull, so he told the Lumberjack who was huffing and puffing that he needed to sharpen his axe. The lumberjack said; “I can’t, I don’t have time…I need to cut down 30 trees today.”
So many of us are exhausted, worn out, and in need of true relaxation and refreshment. I don’t mean sleep…I mean rest. We keep swinging hard and often, but our blades are dull. Resting doesn’t necessarily mean idleness or laziness. Resting in God has two huge benefits; first it allows you to sharpen your axe. Secondarily, when you relax in His company you are demonstrating trust in Him to take over what you can’t. Trust is such a rich word, filled with meaning and direction for your life. So many of us do the exact opposite of what God wants for us; we turn away from Him when we are exhausted because we associate God with duty and diligence. We wrongly believe that going to Him means we have to do more.
Today, take 15 minutes to specifically lean on, trust and be confident in God. Relax in His company. When you lean on Him for support and rest, He delights in your trusting confidence. Click here to share with the stepping stone community your thoughts on resting in God.

Dear Father,
I come to You depleted and worn out. I come to You, Lord, for refreshment. I know that resting in You will save me. I thank You Father for Your reassuring Word that You spoke through Your prophet Isaiah, telling me that coming to You in quietness and trust shall be my strength. Fill me with Your Holy Spirit so that I may lean on Your understanding, not mine. I pray this with trust and expectations and in the name of Jesus Christ, and all God’s children said, – AMEN!

The Truth
Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
Proverbs 3:5
This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength
Isaiah 30:15

Comment (1)

  1. Anonymous 15 years ago

    AMEN. As i read these each morning just around 5:30am it starts my day with focus on my God. Today I will actually stop and really spend time with God. As it's true only He can provide us with the rest we need. Father God today i ask you put my life in perspective and help me to remember that we live in a fallen world, that you Lord have overcome.

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