Be Still and Know

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My dad always says, “if we fully understood God and His ways, He wouldn’t be God.”

How many of us struggle to understand God’s ways? How many times have we said “Why?” to God. How many times have we dropped our heads and said “I can’t do this anymore”? For me, its way too many to count.

As I was praying and asking God for inspiration about what to talk about next on my blog, I began to read scripture. I have been reading the Bible using a chronological plan, but I tend to stop and go back to Psalms once in a while. How amazing it is that God always seems to open up new things every time you read His word.

When reading Psalms, I kept noticing the same theme in the chapters that I read. Trust.

I am not an expert at trusting God. At all. This is something that I have been struggling with since I was probably 12. But the great thing is that I don’t have to be perfect at anything. I serve a perfect God, who always loves, forgives, and gives second, third, fourth chances.

“God is in the midst of her, she shall not be moved” {Psalm 46:5}

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and He will sustain you ” {Psalm 55:22}

“But I will trust in You” {Psalm 55:23}

“In God, whose word I praise, in God I trust: I shall not be afraid” {Psalm 56:4}

Sometimes, I have to keep reminding myself that God is not some old guy in the sky with a mean look on his face, ready to throw me into hell for the next sin I commit. I have to tell myself that He is love. That His anger is only for a moment, but His favor is for a lifetime (psalm 30:5).

Sometimes He puts us in crazy circumstances and we pray and pray and pray, but the situation seems to get worse and it feels like we are never going to get an answer. How are we to trust God then?

He uses these circumstances to change our hearts. He uses them to make us more like Him.

1It’s okay to breakdown

Sometimes all you can ever do is just breakdown. Cry. Yell. Sit in silence. However you do it, know that God hears that. In Psalm 56:8 it says “You have kept count of my wanderings, put my tears in your bottle. Are they not in your book?” Not only does God take our tears and puts them in a special place, he also writes that down. Whenever we breakdown in front of God, we are showing our humility and asking Him to help, because He is greater than the circumstance that we are going through.

2. Worship

I can’t remember a single time when I prayed and I didn’t feel better afterwords. God gives us peace. When we give Him our time and talk with Him, His peace flows over us and instantly we feel better. The circumstance may not have changed, but our heart has. “Lead me to the rock that is higher than I” (Psalm 61:2). Worship is not just a song that we sing on Sundays, it’s a way of life. The way we connect with God. David says in Psalm 63:3, “Because your steadfast love is better than life, my lips will praise You.” If you still feel like something in your life is better than Jesus, worship Him, pray to Him, and your priorities will begin to shift.

3. Trust, trust, trust

Remember: He made the heavens and the earth. He made you and me. He helped us through this day. He hasn’t turned his face from us. He continues to love us. He DIED for us.

I went through a tough time last year. I lost two people who I loved. Things didn’t go according to “my plan.” God kept sending trials my way that I thought would kill me spiritually.

But through all of that, the same verse kept replaying in my head.

“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)

How amazing it is to know that He is God. I may never understand why exactly I need to do this, or why I am going through what I am, but the fact that he is God, gives me peace. He sent His Son to die for me. He saved me out of eternal darkness, and He never forgets me, even if my own mother will (Isaiah 49:15).

He is so much more than I will ever dream of or comprehend.

“The hands that cradle the stars, are the hands that bled for me” -Hillsong (Aftermath)

I also like to listen to my favorite spoken word during times like these. If any of you are interested, its called “Trust more” by Oscar Urbina.

I hope I have encouraged some of you that are going through a hard time. I hope God uses his amazing powerful love to change your hearts and to teach you, like He’s been teaching me, to trust Him.

 

 

 

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