Be Still Know
Psalm 33:8 NLT
‘Let the whole world fear the Lord, and let everyone stand in awe of him. ‘
It seems an unrealistic aim that all the earth is to ‘revere’ or ‘fear’ the Lord. The daily headlines confirm that. Gazing out upon an ever-changing world, what confidence can I place in an unchanging God? Where among countless displaced peoples, a growing number of terrorism survivors, and all those frightened by threats to their personal security in employment, finance and housing, is their room to revere God?
I often experience a surge of inner anger, which is the response of my own powerlessness to ‘fix’ these ‘problems’. I’m overwhelmed, and anger is a natural reaction when staring fear in the face. The injustice is self-evident, yet I face a choice. I can raise my fist and shake it in the face of God, giving full vent to my anger. Alternatively, I can kneel before the creator, and in the midst of my tears at the chaos and pain that envelops the world, acknowledge God’s authority remains intact, and offers hope in the middle of hopelessness.
In any crisis we have to make a stand. Failure to do so leads to total instability and increased mental anguish. When my daughter was an infant, she suddenly deteriorated, and for five days she was in hospital, subject to exhaustive and intrusive tests. She was distressed; we were beside ourselves. Taking a stand was difficult. It was like standing on the bank of a slippery river. The ground was constantly moving beneath my feet, and time and again I found myself disappearing into a fast-flowing river that threatened to carry me away with it. I scrambled back up each time, and while my head was a chaos of noise, I fought to hold my ground and focus my attention on God. It was an uncomfortable space to occupy, and required a choice I held with various degrees of conviction. It was the best I could do in the circumstances, and God carried me through. What I’d have done had my daughter not been restored to me, I cannot tell. Yet, the learning was in the stand I took.
QUESTION: Do you feel tempted to give up on God?
PRAYER: Lord, in faith I put my feet on the sure rock of your Word.