Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Just be still for a minute, will ya?????

There is a battle going on in the time we live...  sometimes you can feel weak and insecure.
There is an old saying, "Knowledge is Power".  People speak those words and they seem very wise.  But, "knowledge" is not necessarily empowering.  There is a lot of information out there that we might have "knowledge" of, but if it is not true, does it give us power?  And, if so what kind of power is based on lies?  It would seem to me that knowledge based on lies is like the man who built his house on the sand... it is something easily toppled.  But, knowledge based on truth?  It will stand forever.  So it is safe to say, "Knowledge of THE TRUTH is Power".
 Lots of folks are looking for answers these days.  And just where do we go to find the "Truth".  We hear lots of folks claiming to tell us the truth.  But, like Ponitas Pilot, we end up asking, "What is truth?"
We can tear around trying to fight the lies and never find what we are looking for.
In Psalm 46 the Psalmist speaks of battles and the insecurities we can have trying to struggle through life.

1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea; 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble with its tumult. (Selah) 4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved; God will help it when the morning dawns. 6 The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah) 8 Come, behold the works of the Lord; see what desolations he has brought on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 "Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth." 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. (Selah)

There are a lot of things that can topple and be crushed.  It can frighten you to see things around you fall.  Banks are failing, unemployment is up, kingdoms rise every day, and kingdoms fall every day.  Companies that people thought would be around forever just disappeared overnight.  But, without God's truth, no plan, no idea will stand.
God's truth will not topple, it cannot be crushed, it cannot be shaken.   The waters of the earth may roar and foam, but they do not harm the city of God... in fact, the city of God is BLESSED by the river that flows through it!

In verse 10 God Himself tells us, "Be still and know that I am God!"   He wants us to stop tearing around and just LISTEN for the small voice.  The word "stop" is translated "drop your hands" in one translation.  Stop throwing your hands up in despair and frustration, instead "stop" and just enjoy the presence of God!

When we are tired of all the hype, when we just cannot stand lies and mendacity one more second, pause... stop... drop your hands... shut your mouth... listen... 
He has all the answers.

Praying today for:
The nation of Egypt
The state of Connecticut

Remember, Nana loves you!

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