“Be Still and Know That I Am God”

I was much blessed by Chiemene’s ministry last week. Psalm 46:10 is where we find those words. The Psalm speaks of Gods care for his people in all circumstances. It speaks of God being “our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble”. It goes on to cover many of the circumstances that trouble the world today. Tsunamis that move the earth, shake mountains and cause untold destruction. International events that bring the threat of war almost to our doorstep.

The news of the hurricanes that are currently hitting America and have all but destroyed whole islands of the Caribbean, and an earthquake described by Mexico’s president as the country’s strongest in a century, bring concern to all of us.

It is in the midst of disasters like this that we are encouraged to “Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”. We pray with compassion and hope in our hearts for all those that are suffering, whether by earthquake, floods hurricane or warfare.

Meditating on this during the week, I thought of the spiritual storms we are exposed to. It seems that, parallel with the natural disasters that threaten, there are also spiritual storms that challenge us. Freedom to openly declare our faith and liberty to follow ones conscience are under increasing attack. Just as we pray and seek the Lord for those who are enduring the effect of natural storm, so too we need to pray for protection and wisdom to withstand the onslaught of spiritual storm. More than ever, we need to ‘Be still’ in the knowledge that God is God.

There are so many encouragements in the Word of God to help us in times of battle and of storm. There is advice and instruction as to how to handle both situations. The word we had on Sunday is the one that undergirds and confirms the others. Whatever action we take we must be sure it is God given. Our part is to seek the Lord in prayer. To “Be still” before him and know His peace. Let’s learn as David learned when he faced up to Goliath: “The Lord does not save by sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s”. 1 Samuel 17:47. Or as Moses commanded the people on the banks of the Red Sea “Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord” Exodus 14:13. Let whatever action we take be God given, God directed and God blessed. But first of all “Be still”.

Thank you Chiemene for your timely word.

Be blessed. Eddie

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