I find it helpful to look at the first verses of Psalm 46 along with these, the final verses of this hymn of praise that recognizes the Presence of God in even the most challenging of human situations. It begins with this strong affirmation of absolute spiritual Truth:.
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Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Certainly there is much to be done on the human level to rectify situations and solve immediate problems. But it's important that we take the time to affirm that we cannot solve our problems by relying on our limited human abilities.
No job, for example, can be a source of prosperity and security. God is the only Source that can easily, lovingly and completely dissolve our needs. Which leads to the familiar word from God with which this psalm concludes: "'Be still and know that I am God!
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I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth. Centered in that absolute Truth, we approach any challenge without fear. While I was being still, He was steering. Does this mean in our day-to-day lives we should take our hands off the wheel, kick back, take a nap, trust God? Not quite.
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Our hands must stay on the wheel, at the computer, in the laundry basket. Wherever our day finds us, we need to be fully engaged. But when worries come, we can lift them up to God.
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When adversaries appear, we can let God handle them. For God to change how we live , He first must change how we think. Step one?
Lord, help us be still and not strive, to stand in place without pacing in circles. Help us sit calmly and wait for the promised victory that is in Your able hands. Liz is giving away 5 copies of her book, with the winners drawn randomly from those who leave a comment here.
Some of us may find it easier to force our bodies to be still rather than to corral our scattered thoughts or bring our stubborn wills into submission. Think about when , where and how you might be still before the Lord today for just five minutes. What did you discover about yourself?
‘Be still and know’ means to be untroubled and trust God will do what He says.
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