Good morning and happy Monday 🌤
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us, the God of Jacob is our fortress. (Psalm 46)
As I had been thinking about what I wished to use as a devotional for today, I had a dream about this Psalm. This Psalm is well and widely known, especially verse 10: Be still and know that I am God. But there is more surrounding that verse that makes it even more powerful. I believe that is what the Lord does: He gives us things to remember, but surrounds them with a fuller and deeper understanding of that little bit that tends to stand out.
This Psalm is just one of the many ways God reminds us to seek Him and that, in ALL THINGS, He is our constant. He is always there, our strength, our refuge, our mighty fortress. Taking time to stop and be still in this truth is ever so important, lest we give ourselves to what the world pulls from us instead of what our Lord and Savior gives to us.
As we move forward through a new week, my hope and prayer is that we not only keep this forefront in our hearts and minds, but help others to remember this as well, and meet them with God’s redeeming love, wherever they are at. Life is difficult enough as it is, and we have been called to help one another through those difficulties, always looking back to our Savior. Whether things are going well during this worldly chaotic season, or they are a struggle, remember that Christ is THE reason for the season, and that the Lord God is within you. The world desires may fail you, but your God never will. In the midst of the chaos, stop and be still, during this season and next.
With Him in me, I know that I can make it through anything, no matter the weight of the struggle, His strength and love is enough. I pray that you know this in your heart as well, and it fills you with a peace that carries you through.
Blessings and love,