THE ABIDING LIFE
By Gwen Sellers
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Psalm 46:10a — "Be still, and know that I am God" — seems pertinent. Actually, it's been a meaningful verse to me for several years; I've even written about it. Psalm 46 starts by saying, "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. Selah" (v. 1-3). Sometimes my world feels like it's giving way. When it does, I can remember that God is a refuge, and I can also get down to verse 10 and be still before Him. I can choose to rest in the midst of chaos, finding refuge in the capable arms of my loving Savior.
Though not written for believers or really even about direction in life, I do find that Isaiah 30:21 is an applicable principle for believers: "And your ears shall hear a word behind you, saying, 'This is the way, walk in it,' when you turn to the right or when you turn to the left." Certainly Proverbs 3:5-6 confirms God's guidance in our lives: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths." Romans 8:28-29a says, "And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son." Just before this, Paul talked about the way the Holy Spirit helps in our weakness and intercedes for us (Romans 8:26-27). God will direct me; He will work everything out for His glory and my good; and He will be with me through it. So of course I can let go.
Revelation 21:5 says that God is making all things new. That verse gives my heart a little thrill. While leaving one pasture and stepping into another carries with it many emotions, I'm ultimately ready for the new. I don't want stale nourishment; I want what is fresh and good for my growth. I want what glorifies God. I think of the way God worked differently in David's life at different time. Routine is something we can manage. Change is something God is in charge of. It's when I trust Him that He is glorified. And, to be honest, it's during those times that I am most in awe of Him. Hanging onto the trapeze is fun, but soaring through the air is the thrilling part. And because He is steadfast, I can let go, enjoy the ride, and have full confidence that not only will He catch me, He never lets me go.
The writer of Hebrews gives great encouragement:
Therefore, brothers, since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. Hebrews 10:19-23
Image: The author, flying through the air.
Tags: Biblical-Truth | Christian-Life | Got-Questions? | Personal-Life
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Published on 8-2-16