What a rich morning. Just what I needed. Woke up at 5:30 with an agitated soul. Made some coffee, listened to the thunder, and sat with God, Bible open in front of me.

I’m working on a great project, a new book called Make A Difference through Broadstreet Publishing. The plan is that this 365 day devotional book will encourage people to change themselves and then change the world through Jesus.

Perhaps this devotional thought that emerged during the thunder of this morning will end up in the final version:


Stop whatever else is in your mind except for this very moment with God. Halt any distraction. Press pause. This moment right now is an interlude in your life. Let the activities prior to this moment be still. Let the activities that will come after this moment wait. You’ll get to them soon enough. They don’t need you for the next few minutes. Stop. Quiet your soul. And Listen.

Selah is a Hebrew word used dozens of times in the Psalms. Scholars think it means something like “interval” or “quiet break”. It seems to be a moment in the activity of a song where everything pauses. In the vacuum of words and sound, people are encouraged to give reflection to God’s mighty work.

So take all of your to-do-lists and hanging-over-the-head-worries, and put them aside for a moment. Reflect on this passage from Psalm 46 and then Selah for a moment.

God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Selah – Psalm 46:1-3 NLT

Lord Jesus, let me pause my life in you for this moment. Amen

Difference Maker: Make a quiet break with God a regular pattern in the hectic activity of your life today.


Ken Castor

Ken Castor is a husband, dad, pastor, writer and teacher. He serves as a professor at Crown College, Minnesota, where he equips students to pursue Jesus-Centered Faith and Next Generation Ministry. For 20+ years he's focused on equipping the next generations in places like the U.S., Canada, and Northern Ireland. He's the author of Grow Down (Simply Youth Ministry, 2014), Make a Difference (Broadstreet, 2016), the Blue-Letters Editor of the Jesus-Centered Bible (Group, 2015) and numerous other articles and Bible Study guides. But, whenever possible, he gets down on the floor and builds Lego with his kids. Connect with him @kencastor.

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