Stop Striving

“Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 NASB

Another version says, “Be still” but the message is clear; STOP TRYING TO DO IT YOURSELF! God must be in a perpetual head shaking mode as He watches us from above. It’s as if I hear Him say, “There she goes again! I give her a nail and she’s hunting for something to hammer it in with. If she’d just wait, I’d bring someone to her that has a hammer.”

It’s almost laughable when you read it like that. Perhaps we don’t want to look foolish holding our nail, answering questions about our nail so we try to hide it, make it less conspicuous to those around us. By the time the hammer arrives and the purpose is revealed, we’ve already made some sort of jewelry out of it.

For some reason the story of Noah comes to mind. God asked him to build an ark and told him it would rain but we must remember, he had never seen rain or an ark. God merely gave him a task to complete that would save him, his family, and every living creature so they could reproduce and repopulate the earth. But it wasn’t just about reproduction, it was about getting rid of sin. His desire was to have a people who would know Him and worship Him.

Be still! He has a plan for that thing in your life that makes no sense to you right now. He has a plan for it! Be still! Just be faithful reading His Word, cuddling up in His presence and being still with Him. Watch and see what He does while you’re there being still. You’ll be changed!

Oh YES LORD! Change me and I will be forever changed. I am Your daughter and I will listen, I will obey. Great and Mighty Deliverer, You have ordered each of my steps and connected me to Your own body that I may be a part of You and Your plan. So as I wait, reveal Yourself to me.

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