So since we last met, have you been resting in God? Be honest. Because I know we’re sometimes quick to answer certain questions in the affirmative when it’s one we kind of want to dismiss. Like a child that’s asked if he/she cleaned their room and because they want to play he/she says, “Yes” or nods their head. They do this knowing full well that it’s not, but they’re willing to deal with whatever later (maybe not even considering later) because right now they prefer another thing. Are the results of poor decisions better or more preferred than what’s gained from enduring the not so fun moments that could actually become fun, exciting, surprisingly pretty cool moments if we invest not just time but quality [heartfelt] time. I didn’t end that sentence with a question mark because I rather you think than just respond.
If you remember my last post, Return Rest and Breathe, I mentioned my engaging in daily devotionals and me periodically coming here to share something I’ve strongly connected with, with you. Well, I’m baaaa-aaaack! lol, yeah.
“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”
Another translation says: “Cease striving and know…”
So the email for the week came with the encouragement to stay consistent. The reassurance that whats put out will come back. The scriptures for the week started with Ps. 27:1-14, The Lord is my Light and my Salvation…The Lord is the Strength of my Life. Verse 4 (my fav) One thing have I desired of the Lord and that will I seek after, that I may dwell in the house of the Lord, all the days of my life; to behold the beauty of the Lord and to enquire in His temple. From there we went to John 15:1-9, God is the Husbandman (Chief farmer/gardener; Specialist in land cultivation), Jesus is the True Vine [w/o Him we can do nothing], Believers or Disciples are branches. We’re then brought to the aforementioned highlighted scripture in Ps. 46:10. A question of consideration was then posed –
How does the knowledge that God is sovereign help us be still?
Well, from here I found myself looking up the word sovereign. Then looking at Lexicons and Interlinear bibles for “Be still” and “Cease striving” and the word “know” and finally skimming through various commentaries and…whew. Why is it that I hesitated in answering the above question? I have never done this before. These daily scriptures and questions posed/thoughts were only supposed to be quick quiet moments with God for the busy soul. I done turned this into a big affair.
Could my not simply answering the question be a sign of me struggling with being still? Do I question God’s sovereignty?
WHAT IS IT?!
This is what I had to stop and ask myself.
As I take notice to recent events…, Yes, I have not yet learned how to Be Still. This made me think of the Father who needed help with his son and after not receiving it from Jesus’ disciples comes to Him and responds to Jesus’ question of – Does he believe? – cries:
You see, like me you too will, with the help of Holy Spirit, get to the place of knowing that God is, #1. That God is God, #2. And based on this, God will do… He will do…, because He can do…; but He will do…, when [it will manifest when] He sees fit.
One commentator said–How can one be asked to be still amongst the All that is Everything, Everywhere, Simultaneously. LOL. Yeah. That’s a big thought. But he said that that’s absolutely when one should Be Still. I realize (yes present tense), what sense does it make to tell someone to be still when they already are. It’s like a weather person commentating that the water is wet or Chrissy saying, “Eat your salad before it gets cold.”
lol. A little humor. But really.
Say with me:
I will trust in the Lord until I die
=until I mortify the deeds of my flesh; till I realize it’s not by might nor power, but by Holy Spirit. Till I live as the branch in the True Vine of God’s land and know that it’s not all about me. Till I seek His face, His Wisdom, His plan, His way. Till I love His way. Till His ways become my ways and His thoughts my thoughts. Walking in the assurance of: Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil one and no evil thing because He [who Is faithful] is with me. Till I know and rest in -Vengeance belongs to the Lord and He will repay. Till I forgive others their trespasses since I want the Lord to forgive me of mine- Yeah, can’t forget that one.
Chaos calls but all you really need is to Be still and know that God is God.
Has He not already come through? Sure He has. He’s the same God now, as then; and the SAME GOOD GOD He will forever be.
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