Be Still

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Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God…” Being “still;” calm, patient, without worry, at rest, in the middle of a trial or battle you’re facing is NOT an easy thing to do in life. I seem to hear God while I’m soaking up all the hot water the entire neighborhood has while I shower, standing there using every last ounce of hot water available. I talk to God just as if I’m talking to a Sister in Christ and there I will hear that “still small voice” of God.

He told me “Be still and know that I am God” as I was asking why things haven’t changed, why He hasn’t come through yet. But has He and just not the way I want Him to? Is He wanting me to still learn something? Do I need to “Be still and KNOW that the I AM is GOD?”

Psalm 46 was written during an “ever-present help in trouble” as stated in verse 1 and in verse 7: “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress,” so why is it that we don’t remember this when we “face trials of many kinds?”

I have a long commute so I listen to podcasts, one of which is by Pastor Craig Groschel. Recently he has been doing a sermon series called Things Jesus Never Said. In Part 3: You Won’t Have Bad Days, which I highly recommend that you listen to, at around the 27:04 minute mark, he says “If you’re wrecked with pain, there’s always a purpose for your pain. God never, ever waists a hurt. It proves your faith. It prepares you for purpose. The Good News is not that Jesus delivers you from your pain. The Good News is that Jesus delivers you from your sin. The Good News is that His grace is here, that He is real, and He is working in ALL things…”

Jesus’ half brother James said, “Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lack wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you. But when you ask, you must believe and not doubt…” James 1:2-6.

It’s not easy by any stretch of the imagination to look at our trials as a testing of our faith or to think that God is there in the midst of it or to think that there is a purpose for our pain. It doesn’t make human sense AT ALL!!!

Life is hard, but one thing I know; I would much rather do life with Jesus than do life without Him because at the end of the day I see blessings He’s given me in the midst of my trials. So, while I may be having a bad day or an ongoing trial that is really testing my faith, we need to press into Jesus while on our knees and look to the blessings He has already given us. We may still have some growing to do. We may have more waiting to do. But God is right there, in the midst of our trial and pain. We just need to “Be still.”

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