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Quiet in God’s Presence

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“Be still, and know that I am God.”  Psalm 46: 10a
I bristled at what was being imposed on me.  It didn’t seem fair, right, balanced.  I argued inside and outside.  Though none may have known, I raged for more than a day.  Then, the words of Psalm 46 brought calm.
“Be still,” called the psalmist.  Stop struggling, fighting, complaining.  Stop your frantic activity.  Drop your weapons of words and arguments . . . and be quiet in God’s presence.  On your own, you cannot win the battle.  On my own, I was fighting the wrong battle.  My foe would not be defeated by human strength or strategy.  It is only by dropping my weapons that I could acknowledge hope and trust in God.
“Know,” invited the psalmist.  Recognize the nature of your battle, who’s ultimately in charge  . . . and the reason for being still, submissive, surrendered.
“I am God.”  The verse changed person.  God is speaking to me.  Not man.  He is the reason for certainty, assurance, hope.  He is sufficient to still questions and objections.  He is Sovereign of my life and all the earth.  He holds all things in His hands.  He is my help and triumph.  He is my “refuge and strength, an ever-present help in  trouble.”  Life may be crumbling around me, but God is my “fortress.”
“Be still, and know that I am God.” 
Psalm 46: 10a
My bristle abated.  My perspective realigned.  May God be “exalted in the earth.”

By Pastor Jeff Kinne

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