“Be still know that I am God,” He speaks to your whirling mind (Psalm 46:10a, NLT). If you will be still, and dwell upon Him instead of your problem or worry, you will be filled with His faithful presence instead of consumed with fear of something you cannot handle. In any worrisome state, it is possible to be filled with fear that causes one of two things. Fear will either drive you to self-destructive despair where you retreat from life, or it will cause you to try to change circumstances or yourself without letting God have control. If you retreat because of fear, you isolate yourself from His healing hand. If you try to fix circumstances in your own strength without completely surrendering to Him, you will fail. The peace for which you desperately yearn is out of your grasp because you try to make happen what you perceive you need.
“The Lord’s arm is not too weak to save you, nor is his ear too deaf to hear you call,” (Isaiah 59:1, NLT). Your attempts to save yourself are useless. In fact, they get in the way of His ability to help you. Without surrender, you will sink into the depths of your own despair. So why do you fight your rescuer’s attempts to pull you to safety? What you perceive to be safety has become your own destruction. When you surrender your fight to control what is beyond your ability, He hears your cry for help.
Often the struggles of life overwhelm, and you feel like the psalmist who wrote "all thy waves and thy billows are gone over me,” (Psalm 42:7, KJV). But the same psalmist also wrote, “He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings."(Psalm 40:2, KJV). Consider the wonder of that truth. He is your safety for He rescues you from the pit. He is your security because He sets your feet upon His rock‒solid foundation. He is your guide in all things because He directs the way that you go.
This is a beautiful picture of what He wishes for you—to save you from whatever will destroy your life and to impart trust in His faithful and unchanging love. If you will allow Him to direct your steps and not question His control, you will learn trust. You will continually give Him your worries and fears. You will be still and rest in Him—knowing that He alone is your deliverer and peace.
© 2018 Lynn Lacher