We can be still
By: Anne Peterson
Be still and know that I am God. – Psalm 46:10
The hardest thing for us to do is stand still. They say we should have been called humans acts instead of human beings. But one of the most valuable things we can do is learn to rest in God. How to honestly lean on him with all our weight.
God tells us that we just trust him and not our own understanding. Proverbs 3: 5. And yet, as soon as we start to experiment, the first thing we try to do is understand. God tells us that his thoughts are higher than our ways, but that doesn’t stop us from thinking that we can somehow understand him.
David was someone called the man after the heart of God. David would look at the current situation, but he would also look back on the God who was there for his other challenges. How everyone shuddered at the thought of facing the Philistine, not the Shepherd. Why? Did he have super strength? No. But he knew Almighty God. And David knew that the same God who protected him from the lion and the bear would also protect him from whatever he faced. And in this case, it was a giant. 1 Samuel 17: 32-37.
The giant looked at David, and the Bible tells us that he despised him. And yet, we see in 1 Samuel 17: 45-51, David relied on his God. David came against Goliath in the name of the Lord God Almighty. And David did not take the glory of his victory. From the first moment he recognized that it would be by the strength and power of God that David would be victorious.
God is Almighty. No matter what people face, God is even greater. Yet sometimes we forget what 1 John 4: 4 tells us. This greater is he who is in us than he who is in the world.
Yes, the world around us is changing rapidly and people seem to be spinning as well. But God commands us to be still. Jesus prayed for us in John 17:16, saying that we are in this world but that we are not of this world. In Romans 12: 2, Paul tells us to not to conform to this world but to be transformed by the renewal of our minds. This is only possible when we saturate ourselves with the Word of God. Taking the time to reflect on God’s truth helps us slow down our racing thoughts and that is when we can discern the things around us. When the bank staff needed to identify the counterfeit banknotes, they didn’t do it by studying all the impostors, but instead sat down and studied the real banknote. And in the same way, when we meditate on the Word of God, then we will be able to know when we are listening to lies. God can help us calm our minds and hearts and then we will know that he truly is God.
Anne Peterson is a regular contributor to Crosswalk. Anne is a poet, speaker and author of 15 books, including her recent book, Always There: Finding God’s Comfort Through Loss. Anne also wrote He Whispers: Poetic talks with God. Sign up for Anne’s newsletter at www.annepeterson.com and receive a free eBook. Or connect with her on Facebook.
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