From the Pastor's Desk
Be Still and Know
gives us amazing peace for our lives. We
are able to experience the peace of God in the midst of the most horrific
storms of life. Let's be honest with
ourselves: life certainly has a lot of
storms that it throws at us. It is a
great blessing to be a mother, but it's not at all an easy role to fill in
life. There are great moments, fun
moments, proud moments and plenty of joy.
There is also heartache, disappointment and sleepless nights. Being a mother certainly runs the gamut of
highs and lows, ups and downs, good and bad and everything in between.
you would look at the bookmark that we passed out to our mothers, you will see
that on the front it quotes Ps. 46:10.
"Be still and know that I am God." On the back there's a prayer. "Father, teach me to be still and know
that you are God. Deepen my confidence
in your promise that your favor rests upon me because of Jesus and His
cross. Let your peace flood my heart and
fill my life right now and always. Help
me to live in this moment, my Saviors gift to me. Amen."
Then at the bottom it quotes John 14:27.
"Peace I leave with you My peace I give unto you."
are three truths that we can glean from this that not only applies to being a
mother, but that we can all apply to our lives.
First of all, we need to be still.
In the original language, the phrase "be still" means to
release or to let go.
a lot easier said than done in life. It
is especially hard to release and let go of things when we're dealing with the
difficulties and the troubles and the problems that we face on a daily
basis. How do you release a wayward
child? How do you let go of heartache
that keeps you up at night? How can we
be still when we can't pay the bills or when the doctor tells us that we have
can be still in those times because we serve, love and follow a big God. We serve a God who created the universe. We love a God who is sovereign over all that
exists. We follow a God who created us,
who loves us, who died for us and who knows exactly what is going on in our
lives and why.
4:4. Reflect in your heart and be
still. When the going gets tough and it
is tough, that's when we need to sit back and reflect on God and on who He is. How do we deal with a wayward child? We don't; but we can go to God and lift that
child up and have every expectation and hope that things will turn out OK
whatever OK is according to God's will.
How do we respond when money is tight and it doesn't look like you can
pay the bills? It is good to engage in
proper money management techniques, but otherwise we go to God do what we can
in obedience to Him and trust it will work out knowing that He is a God of
great provision and that everything belongs to Him in the first place. It can be devastating to receive bad medical news. But even then, we can turn to God and be
still in His presence knowing that He is a God who heals and even if that
healing isn't in this life on this earth, He can and does and will heal us
perfectly when it is our time to go be with Him. It is because of who God is that we can be
still in the midst of the problems and difficulties of life.
second truth that we find here is that we need to be confident. Not only through the good and bad and
everything in between in life can we be still, but we can also have the utmost
confidence. We're of course not talking
about a self-confidence in who we are that can lead to arrogance and pride;
we're talking about confidence to be able to handle life because of God and who
He is. Ps. 71:5.
Christians we are God's children. He has
adopted us into His family to share His name, His blessings and eventually His
inheritance. We shouldn't be sinfully
proud about that fact. But we should be
grateful and thankful to God for all that He has done for us spiritually, and
for all that He does for us in many other ways.
of who God is; because of who we are in Him, that should give us confidence in
life to live the way He wants us to live.
My identity, my worth and understanding of who I am as a person has to
be centered and grounded in my relationship with Christ. Outside of Jesus I am a wretched sinner who
is doomed to hell for eternity. As a
born again believer, I am a child of God who has an eternal heaven waiting for
him someday. It is Christ who gives me
meaning and purpose and significance.
I have been saved and forgiven, I am able to live my life for God. When I serve, I can serve with confidence
knowing that I am doing the Lord's work of trying to meet the needs of people
less fortunate. When I minister, I can
do that with confidence knowing that God is using me to make a difference in
people's lives. When I witness, I can
share the gospel with confidence knowing that I have life saving news that
people need to hear. When I am dealing
with difficult people who don't like me, I can engage them with confidence
knowing that I am who I am and this is the way God made me. If people don't like that, that's something
they are going to have to deal with, as long as it's not because of sin I need
to repent of.
as you live and as you face all that life throws your way, be confident always
in who you are in Christ.
last truth that we're going to look at this morning is that we need to live in
the present. I think this is where the
peace of God comes into play. Let's look
again at John 14:27. Peace is wholeness
in our relationship with God. As his
children, we have peace with God because our sins have been forgiven. We also have the peace of God guarding our
the world says "peace," it is an expression of hope and
goodwill. But when Jesus said that He
was going to give peace to His disciples, much more was involved. He gave to them a peace of mind in the midst
of trials and persecutions. Troubled
refers to the natural emotion that might seize them at the thought of a
hopeless situation. Afraid is the danger
of a cowardly course of conduct resulting from that emotion. We don't need to be so afraid of something
that we freeze up and fail to act because of what we fear the consequences to
be. That's not what Jesus created us to
be or how He created us to act.
of His peace, we can live in the present.
Live in the here and now. Jesus
has forgiven you of all of your sins.
You don't have to keep dwelling on the past and beating yourself up over
what you have done. That's over and
that's gone; don't let it keeping bugging and dogging you.
of His peace, we also don't have to worry about the future. Who knows what's going to happen down the
road, let alone tomorrow? Only God
knows. That's the good news: He does know!
We don't have to worry; we don't have to fret; we don't have to stew
over what might come. All we need to do
is live today; do our best to serve others and glorify the Lord and be still in
His presence knowing that whatever happens, God has this! His peace that passes all understanding
enables us to do that.
we thank you for who you are and for what you do. As you face and deal with all that life
throws at you, remember to be still in the presence of the Lord; be confident
in who you are in the Lord; live in the present.
our singers and musicians come now, we invite you to respond this morning to
anything God may be doing in or through your life. If you need to make some sort of public
profession we invite you to do that now as we stand and sing.
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