Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Be Still and Trust

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalms 46:10

It’s easy to get discouraged.  It’s so easy to feel depressed, anxious, and let down by all that goes on around us every day.  After meditating on this verse this morning, I’ve come to realize that we go through all those feelings because we don’t stop when we’re given those thoughts of discouragement and refocus to realize WHO is in control.

I’ve had many years of being a child of God, and I’m grateful for His hand over me to shadow me from the evil of this world.  But there are still times when I get discouraged, when things don’t seem to be working out the way I want.  At those times my first instinct has turned to ‘what can I do?’.  My independent nature, which this world would applaud, is my worst enemy in times like this.  It leads to putting the weight of the world on my shoulders and crumbling me to the ground.  I feel helpless, unable to do anything that will suffice to stop the worries and stress.

But is that God’s will?  Is it His will that I would worry, be anxious, have heart palpitations, bad dreams, and sleepless nights? ABSOLUTELY NOT!

His words are very clear.  “BE STILL”.  Don’t worry, don’t focus on the bad, don’t let your mind take over.

“KNOW THAT I AM GOD”.  Oh, you can’t really gain the full value of that statement without knowing that God operates from love for His children.  Knowing that He is God, almighty, ever present, ever loving, never forsaking, with buckets of grace that I cannot empty, and that He loves me and seeks the best for me...that’s what allows me to do that He says and “BE STILL”.

I don’t have to have life figured out.  I don’t have to know what the weeks ahead or even years ahead will bring in my health, my job, my family, my friends, my nation, or anything else!  I just need to TRUST God.  His love and His power can be my shield from all anxiety.  Every worry can begin and end in a split second – defeated – when I trust Him.

Walk with me through each day, Father God.  Keep me wrapped in your love as a warm blanket that guards my thoughts and heart from all that could come against me.  Let me hide in you from all that I would otherwise worry and stress about.  Even in the valley Father, let me find peace.  Amen.

“He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters. He restoreth my soul:’ – Psalm 23:2-3

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