|Posted on April 4, 2018 at 4:10 PM|
Be still and know that I am God –Psalm 46:10
There are times in our lives when we are truly in the deepest darkest valley with no way out. Perhaps it is the result of our own bad decisions. Perhaps it is the evil handiwork of others. In either case, we are faced with a choice, a choice that will determine the ultimate outcome.
The choice with which we are faced is what will our focus be? We can focus on the depth of the valley. We can focus on the height and steepness of the sides of the valley and the fact that we cannot possibly climb them. We can focus on our own stupidity or lack of judgment in getting into the valley in the first place. We can blame others for the actions that have left us in the valley.
WE CAN BE STILL AND KNOW THAT GOD IS GOD.
Have you ever meditated on the greatness of God? He is the Creator of all. Think about the universe and how perfectly it is put together. There are countless galaxies, countless stars in those galaxies, and countless solar systems. God created them all. Within our own little solar system, the earth is placed just the right distance from the sun so that we do not burn up and we do not freeze. Everything is set up just right for us to thrive. God is the Master of the Universe.
By far, though, my favorite illustration is the development of a baby. Did you ever stop to think that the heart is the first organ that develops in a baby. The heart begins beating even before the brain is developed. How is that possible? The heart is the center of all of us as human beings and God made us so that the heart is developed first. How awesome!
When I was pregnant, I had a book that showed the baby’s development every week from the brain to the fingernails and eyelashes. We are complex creatures, yet God planned us so that everything would come together just at the right time. He is the Author of all Creation.
The choice has always been about focus. We can focus on our own helplessness in dealing with our problems or we can focus on the power of God in helping us through them. I have a dear friend who has amazing focus. She says, “God I am your daughter. Therefore, my mess is your mess. That means you will have to clean it up since I cannot.”
When I feel overwhelmed with sadness and powerlessness, I have to step back from my circumstances and reflect on the awesome power of God. This does not make my problems instantly disappear, but it does bring them into perspective. God can bring any mountain down. It is my job to pray and trust him to do it.
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.” –Psalm 46:8-10
In the course of my trials, I am learning to let God be God with my children, my finances, my past, and my future. This has all been learned in the valley. For faith is meaningless on the mountaintop. Faith that God is indeed God is only meaningful in the valley.
On the mountaintop, God may be plan A, but we can always fall back on plan B, ourselves. In the valley when we are out of money, out of resources, out of strength and out of options, there is only one plan—God. In the valley there is no plan B. This is where faith and focus meet.
If you are in the valley, renew your focus and your faith. Step back, quiet your mind and your soul and rest, KNOWING THAT HE IS GOD.
Father, I repent from my heart for my doubt and for relying on my own strength to solve my problems. I want to be still and know that you are God. Help me , Father, to rely on your strength and your power, not on my own. I rest now in your presence…… Then be quiet in the presence of God.
-Pastor Sherri Falco