Be Still

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.  The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.  Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”            Psalms 46:1-3, 7, 10

“Be still, and know that I am God.”  In Exodus, when God revealed to Moses his plan of leading the Israelites out of bondage, Moses got a little understandably nervous.  God’s response was that He was the great “I Am”.  I love how that theme of “I Am” is carried throughout God’s Word.  Here in Psalms we see how God reminds us to remember that He is the great I Am, even when the world around us seems to be caving in.  Many times these very words have rung in my ears.  When my brother had a battle with cancer, when the surgeon said hip replacement was my only option, and at the age of eighteen, as I stood over the grave of one of my best friends, God gently whispered “Be still”.  Verse two states “…we will not fear…” insinuating that to not fear is a choice.  We choose not to fear.  We choose peace in the middle of the storm.  Do not be anxious; be still.  Do not try to fix the situation, as we women are so prone to do, but just be still.  Let God do the work.  Being still is very hard; for me it takes a God-size miracle in my heart to make me be still.  But, we serve a God who can do just that when we give it all to Him.  Pray that God will calm your spirit so that you can be still today.

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