Resting in God

 “Be still and know that I am God”

(Psalm 46:10).

I love this verse.  Many times over the course of my life, I have meditated on these precious words. When life was too difficult to bear and I didn’t understand why, I would sit with these words and let them really sink in. Sometimes you have to come to the end of yourself before you can let go and let God be God! We have a tendency to try to be self sufficient and independent but we forget God knows the end from the beginning and He has plans for our good in mind.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.  Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.  You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart…”

Jeremiah 29:11-13 (NIV)

I have found great strength in times of weakness, sadness, doubt or trouble, by recognising that I do not know nor can I control the circumstances surrounding me. The only influence I have is how I react to these circumstances. I have learned that, in placing my trust in God, there is a source of power beyond my comprehension, made available to the soul who cries out with honesty to him.

The following quotation from Amy Carmichael is, in my experience, very true and worthy of some serious thought. I think it links well to Psalm 46:10;

“So wait before the Lord: Wait in the stillness. And in the stillness, assurance will come to you. You will know that you are heard; you will know that your Lord ponders the voice of your humble desires; you will hear quiet words spoken to you yourself, perhaps to your grateful surprise and refreshment”

 

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4 thoughts on “Resting in God

  1. Christian.V says:

    Thank you for sharing this – what a joy it is to sit still and let God reveal himself in so many ways. God created us in his image and according to his likeness, if we choose to use our free will to according to His will for us, through Christ we can discover what a marvellous thing it is to live for Him and in His name. That he will never burden us with anything more than we can cope with. Very encouraging, thank you.

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    • phyllissloan says:

      Thank you for your comment. I really do appreciate you taking the time to let me know what you think about this post. I have known the joy of being still in God’s presence and letting Him speak into my circumstances. I can recount many examples of how such action changes everything around us.
      It’s lovely to hear that you have also experienced this and yes, it is pure joy. Even in very dark moments, from a human perspective, we can know inner peace and joy – but only in His presence!

      Psalm 16:11
      “You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.”

      Thank you for visiting my blog and I hope you will enjoy my other posts and those yet to come 🙂

      Phyllis

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  2. KarenRKC says:

    Well said! I was diagnosed with stage 3 thyroid cancer 15 years ago, and given 2 years to live – if I “was lucky”. Luck had nothing to do with my healing, it was all God’s doing. When I finally let go of the worry and fear and truly trusted that all would be well in God, everything became so much easier. Being still and “resting in God” is one of the most difficult things for people to do, and yet the one thing that would bring them so much relief, peace and joy.

    Thanks for a great post.

    Karen

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    • phyllissloan says:

      What an inspirational story Karen – thank you for sharing it! You are living proof of God’s power and blessing through healing – even against the odds. I’m sure many reading your comments will be given hope for their situation.
      Thank you for reading my post and for your encouragement. I hope you’ll visit Airing Wisdom again.

      Phyllis

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