Be Still and Know
APRIL 20, 2023
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
Yesterday, one of my pastor friends from Atlanta, Dr. Crawford Loritts, preached a sermon from Psalm 46. His main point was that, “sometimes it takes more faith to sit still than it does to move forward.” There’s no doubt in my mind that these past two months have tested our faith. Any time something enters our life that is not only unexpected but not desired, our faith is tested. My initial response is usually, “how long will this last and is there anything I can do to speed up the process?” Everything in my being pushes back on being still. Yet, over the past few weeks I’ve come to realize that’s what God wants from me the most right now. Yes, He wants me to stay connected with others and to care for others, but when it comes to my relationship with Him and my faith, it’s clear…be still.
I can’t “make” this season pass. I can’t “move” up the timetable. Essentially, no amount of works on my part are going to accomplish what only God can and this is a good thing. This is a reminder of who we are and who God is. It’s only when we’re able to “Be still” that our minds and hearts slow down enough to know at the deepest level of our soul that God is the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present creator that our heart and our world longs for. This is where we find rest, because this is where we find hope that’s rooted in truth. No matter what today looks like, God “will be exalted among the nations” and He “will be exalted in the earth.” When I’m able to be still and confess that I’m not in control and never have been, I’m able to see that God is and always will be. Be still and be encouraged; the God who absolutely loves you is in control of absolutely everything happening around you.
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