fear/worry — peace/still ??
I can count on one hand the number of times that sickness has stopped my husband in his tracks. He may get a cold or a sinus issue but he plows right through. This past Friday afternoon he got knocked right off his feet (figuratively speaking.)
I thought it would be a 24 hour thing and he would be up and at ‘em Saturday. Instead Saturday found him alternating between the bed and the recliner. By Saturday night it became evident that he would not be preaching the next morning. The verse from 2 Timothy came to mind – “preach the word; be ready in season and out of season…………..”
What did God want me to share?
Psalms 46:1-3 I find that I am quoting verse 1 a lot lately, either in person, on the phone, by text, and even on facebook. We don’t have to look far to see trouble. We do not face it alone. God is indeed a very present help in trouble.
“We will not fear.” Fear is a great peace robber. It is virtually impossible to stay in peace while allowing fear to take hold of your emotions. Most of the things people worry about never happen. Don’t get caught up in fear’s trap.
Fear and worry ruin a perfectly good day and disrupt a good night’s sleep.
When you notice fear, worry or dread knocking at your door remember God is a very present help in trouble. Place your focus back on Him and you will find your peace returning. Instead of dwelling on the situation, going over it and over it, take it to God in prayer. Leave it with Him. Trust Him to work things out.
“Oh what peace we often forfeit. Oh what needless pain we bear. All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.” He is the living God. The Great I AM. The creator and sustainer of the universe and He is an ever-present help in trouble.
Let’s look at the end of this chapter.
Psalms 46:10 I am going to take it one word at a time.
Acts 1:8 tells us that we are to BE witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and the utter most parts of the earth. (For me that breaks down to my city, state, neighboring state –or county and neighboring county–and the world.) Notice that it doesn’t say DO witnessing. It is possible to DO witnessing and not BE a good witness. Be is who we are – 24/7. And we can be still in the midst of any circumstance.
Be STILL: quiet confidence – a heart of peace. Not in a state of turmoil or wrapped up in fretting about the situation.
Be still AND: this lets us know that there is more. It isn’t just be still.
Be still and KNOW: know that you know that you know that God is in control. He has a plan. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. We will not be shaken. We know God is greater than anything we face.
Be still and know THAT: that – pay attention to what comes next – emphasis
Be still and know that I: one true God. God tells Moses in Exodus 3:14 “I am who I am” God is all-knowing, all-powerful, and always with us.
Be still and know that I AM: present tense. Right where we are, there He is.
Be still and know that I am GOD: He is the living God. What you magnify just gets bigger. Instead of spiraling downward with fear and worry, place your focus back onto God. Let Him fill you with peace.
Whatever you are facing, God has a plan. Don’t let fear and worry rob you of the truth that you know. God is with you! He loves you!
“Be still and know that I am God” — Psalm 46:10
til next time