Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10 NKJV
Being still is a skill that develops over time. Not just being still through ordinary passing of time though. Rather this kind of being still occurs during trials and tribulations. As the stress of life rains on us, depending on how we personally handle it, the outward self may appear still but the mind is anything but still.
The mind tries to comprehend why. Why is this happening? Why me, Lord? The mind tries to manipulate the situation to change the outcome to no avail. It tries to be better, to think more godly thoughts but it fails.
The Bible tells us God loves us. Nothing can separate us from His love. God is with us, even in us in the form of His Spirit. It tells us all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose. These things are true.
But if we haven’t fully grasped them as true for us they remain elusive. God is a personal being. He made each person different from all the others. Each creation is unique. That means each person has a unique path to God. Now don’t misunderstand. I’m not saying there are multiple ways to get to heaven. No. There’s one way through faith in Jesus. What I am saying is since we are all unique, then the way in which we fully grasp God and truth is unique too. The circumstances, situations, the struggles all work to move us closer to God. With each difficulty brings an opportunity to trust. Trust God more with each new problem. As we see His deliverance, His help, His provision we believe all of the more.
The more chances we have believed God is who He said He is, the more our faith grows. Along with believing God, comes a peace that is beyond human understanding. This peace brings a stillness that allows us to stand firm knowing who it is that creates the “be still” part from today’s verse.
The walls could be crashing down around you. Yet you are at peace in divine stillness because you know in whose hands you are in.
Have you experienced this kind of stillness yet? Don’t give up hope. It will come. Perhaps you need a few more opportunities to trust God first. Don’t worry. God knows what He’s doing. Your safe in His hands.
God, thank you for loving us and providing everything we need to understand your love for us. Reveal yourself to us and draw us to you. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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