Be Still Amidst the Turmoil
“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling […] Come, behold the works of the LORD, how he has brought desolations on the earth. He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!’ The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah.” Psalm 46:1-3, 8-11
When war, floods, storms, tornadoes, fires, and the like quake around us, our reasonable response is fear and trembling. When it seems our families, friends, churches, or own souls are experiencing something that feels like a physical storm, the natural response is for our hearts to fall weak with anxiety. The future looks like a maze of coiling thorns, and we aren’t sure how we will find the end.
But in the midst of both physical, familial, or emotional disaster, God calls us to an opposite response than our natural hearts create. He calls us to be still, to cease striving, and remember who He is.
When life tumbles in around us (either literally or metaphorically), when the earth is changing and people are running, He is the only constant, the only surety we have. Whatever happens, we can rest because He is already victorious—not will be, but already is.
God doesn’t change, and He won the battle before it began. When all else goes up in flames, when all else drowns in the flood waters, He will still be there—all-powerful, forever faithful, never absent, always triumphant.
Let that be your hope you cling to today no matter what natural or emotional disaster you face.
God, You are victorious over the battle. You are mighty to save, my stronghold when all else fails. You are my refuge, and You are unconquerable. Help me to trust You today despite the fearful things I am facing. Amen.
Are you in a fearful situation? Are you facing an anxious setting? Spend some time today meditating on Psalm 46. Cease striving in anxiety, be still, and remember who God is.