Good Morning, Good Day. Psalm 46 is one of my favorite Psalms of assurance. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof, Selah…..Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Have you ever needed a place of refuge (a place of rest and protection)? Have you ever needed strength when every ounce of your own human strength was gone and you felt as if you couldn’t go on for another second? You might be feeling that today. Have you ever experienced troubles in your life that made your world shake apart and your tears began to fall so hard and so quickly that it seemed they could reach to the sea? Have the waters of your life ever been so troubled that they seemed to roar over your head and all around you? And, the once high mountains of joy, love, and laughter in your life suddenly turned into dark valleys of despair? I know you have; some more than others have experienced these life-shaking tragedies. In these times, it’s hard to “Be Still and Know” when the world around you seems to be falling apart. Know? Know what? KNOW that God is and always will be God. God assures us time and time again in the Bible that it is HE, and He alone, who can sustain us through these valleys of despair. God sits HIGH above the clouds of darkness and reins high in the LIGHT of Day. No storm that has ever hit your life took God by surprise. Though, he hurt for you and wanted so badly to protect you from all of life’s casualties, we are living in a present world that is cursed with a curse. Death, disease, illnesses, disappointments, discouragements, sorrows, fears, wars and rumors of war, and unexplainable complexities are all around us. Yet, once again, God reminds us to “Be Still and Know.” KNOW that God will and can bring you through the storms of life. God can and will restore unto you the Joy of thy Salvation. God can and will bring comfort to you troubled heart, soul, and mind. The joys of the Lord are our strength. When you face such troubling days that it is hard to breath without being conscious of every breath, God knows what you are going through. He can be touched with the feelings of our infirmities. He isn’t a God who is just sitting on a throne somewhere high above watching us being tossed to and fro from the ranging winds of destruction. He is a God who will GO WITH us through the storms. A few months back, I was talking with my primary care physician, whom I also consider my friend as well as my doctor, about possessing a real life-sustaining Faith in God. He provided me with this very strange scenario. He said, “Linda, what would you do if after your arrived in Heaven God looked at you and said that Heaven was all filled and there was no more room to live in the wonderful city of Glory, so your eternal abode would have to be Hell?” My immediate response, with a smile on my face, was, “I’d start begging God to find a place for me!” Then, I asked him what he would do if that happened to him. His very calm, faith-filled, simple response was, “I’d look at God and say Let’s Go.” In other words, his faith was so determined that no matter what might be ahead, God would always be by his side; even if it meant the pits of Hell. Of course, we all know that particular scenario can never and will never take place for those of us who have entrusted our hearts and lives unto a Holy God. After his response, I smiled and replied what a blessed assurance and reminder of God’s everlasting love that was. It is calming and assuring to know that we can “Be Still and Know” that God will never leave us nor forsake us; even unto the end. Today, you might be facing troubled waters, or there was a time in your life when you were overtaken by troubled waters and dark, sinking valleys, if so, I pray that you will find strength, courage, and refuge in the amazing words of God found in Psalm 46…Be Still and Know… Know that I AM GOD. Thank you Heavenly Father for this promise of assurance that You are and always will be GOD. Amen.
Remember, God Loves You,
Lin T. Rollins, Author