Monday, September 9, 2013

Know this for your own good

Used by Permission:  Cindee Snider Re
Psalm 46:10 "Be still, and know that I am God.  I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth."

Am I the only one who has a "being still" problem?  What does "being still" really mean?  And how are we supposed to be still when there is so much that has to be done?

I think it means to not move from the position of knowing where the refuge of God is.  Was David in a still place when he wrote this psalm?  Where do you find your refuge?

God's refuge is still and constant.  God's refuge is a place where we can find peace and quiet, our safe or happy place.  But is it an actual location you can find on a GPS?

Being still means that we rest in God's calmness, His plans, His safety nets, trusting that He has cares about us, and that He is working for us even when we can't see it.

When the dust settles from...

...the most recent diagnosis
...the crumpled terminated work papers
...the divorce papers have been served and you have cried every last tear
...the empty seat at the dinner table
...the lonely nights
...the unresolved problems that leave you feeling powerless
...the rising rebellion in your home
...the feeling that you are at the end of your rope and you need a way out
...the circumstances that life wear you out and down

Is it hard for you to be still in Someone or something you can't see?  It's next to impossible to not want to take action, to do something to fix our situations.  Waiting and resting is incredibly tedious and leaves us feeling really unproductive.

But nothing can fix or repair like the peace that comes from His stillness.  God's shelter is wherever God is.  There's your refuge.  He is always present with us and is standing ready to help in times of trouble.  There is power in being still and present before our Holy God, in His Presence.

The circumstances of our lives may change, our nation or world may be in an uproar, but our position within the safety of God's love and protection remains a constant...for he delights in us, cares for us, and is always ready to help us.

My encouragement to you is to be still, and know that His Refuge awaits to help you, shelter you, and bring His calmness to a place of stillness before Him.  Know that God is aware of your situation and that he cares.  Faith isn't based on feelings, it's based on complete trust in His character.

God's got your back when the world turns it's back against you.   God hasn't moved from His Refuge.

His stillness waits.  Turn your eyes upon Jesus, then peace comes.

Choose His stillness over your chaos, know this....it's for your own good.


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