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Day 39 – Issue 13

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Be Still Know

Psalm 20:6-7 NLT

Now I know that the Lord rescues his anointed king. He will answer him from his holy heaven and rescue him by his great power. Some nations boast of their chariots and horses, but we boast in the name of the Lord our God.

The psalmist declares with great confidence, ‘Now I know…’ Yet what does he know? In a place of uncertainty he holds much information about the God he worships. In my early days as a Christian, I was enthusiastic, and through my quiet times, general reading and participation in church, I gathered a rich resource of knowledge about God. However, when I faced uncertainty, initially with the news Katey and I were unable to have children, then subsequently with her diagnosis with MS, such knowledge offered little by way of comfort or help.

Knowledge as information is limiting, unless we know what to do with that information. The psalmist progresses and is saying not only that he knows a lot about God, his attributes, his previous interventions in history, his rich promises, but also that he is sure of God. The psalmist is certain that what he knows of God is truth, and that he can place complete confidence in that knowledge, regardless of present circumstance. This is always the measure of our true faith in God. Am I really absolutely certain that God is with me, trustworthy, and that despite evidence to the contrary, he will come through for me?

Just as we know our family and friends, there’s a relational component to knowledge which information alone cannot provide. We are created to enjoy a personal friendship with God. In meltdown there were times when all I could do was weep and hold on to my friend, Jesus. Here I discovered the emotional sustenance and strength I required to face the next hour, let alone the next day. Somehow I knew God was there in the present, and would be there into my future. Both my head and my heart were nourished through knowledge of God.

QUESTION: What is the extent of your knowledge of God? Can you place your life in complete confidence in the facts of your faith?

PRAYER: Heavenly Father, grant me that I may grow in confidence in knowing you, trusting you, enjoying you and obeying you. 

Written by: Miriam Emenike

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