How is your peace lately? Are you confident that God is fully capable of running the world, or are you busy trying to make sure He gets it done your way, in your time? When was the last time you stepped out of the storm of worries—in your life, for the future of the church, the future of your mission, your country, the world—to sit at Jesus’ feet and just…be with Him? When was the last time you took time to ponder who God really is—to you and to the world?
Most of us are pretty familiar with the first part of Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God!” But if you look at the verse in context, these words show up in the middle of chaos. The scene changes back and forth between the world falling apart and God securely sitting on His throne in Heaven, setting things right. Into all the drama and chaos, He speaks: BE STILL. KNOW ME. Any work we want to do for God will begin with this—stopping our frantic, trying-to-save-the-world busyness and knowing, remembering Who actually can save the world.
God is our refuge and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.
2 So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.
3 Let the oceans roar and foam.
Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge! Interlude
4 A river brings joy to the city of our God,
the sacred home of the Most High.
5 God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.
From the very break of day, God will protect it.
6 The nations are in chaos,
and their kingdoms crumble!
God’s voice thunders,
and the earth melts!
7 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel[b] is our fortress. Interlude
8 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord:
See how he brings destruction upon the world.
9 He causes wars to end throughout the earth.
He breaks the bow and snaps the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God!
I will be honored by every nation.
I will be honored throughout the world.”
11 The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us;
the God of Israel is our fortress. Interlude
From NLT, http://www.biblegateway.com
*Once or twice a month, we send out a short devotional to our volunteers. This was written by Andrea Keele, and sent on July 1, 2015.
– Featured Photo by Donnie Keele III