The Choice

Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Psalm 46:10 – Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. (NIV)

As a guard at the local Royal Canadian Mounted Police detachment, I see many types of people in cells. Some are quiet and reserved and sleep their time away. Others are loud, rude, and obnoxious, while still others display anxiety, knocking on the cell door continually, asking why they are there and when they will get out. Hour after hour, every ten to twenty minutes, they will repeat this scenario even though they receive the same answer each time.

Sometimes, I have found that I can be like this with God, especially if I find myself in a fearful or unpleasant situation. How long, God? How much more time? When are You going to come and open up a way? Why am I here? What do You want from me? And so it goes, hour after hour, even day after day. Perhaps you, too, can relate to this cycle of anxiety. Perhaps you are even caught up in this relentless frame of mind right now.

If so, choose to be still and know that He is God. He will be exalted among the nations; He will be exalted in the earth. "God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." (Psalm 46:1-3 NIV)

God is in control. God knows our situation. God will deliver us at just the right moment. God will grant us all we need, not only to be at peace but to have victory amidst the confines we are struggling against, if only we will choose to be still and know that He is God.

In today's world, many people know about God. But not so many know God. The difference is a matter of trust. With every situation of struggle that comes our way, we are also granted opportunity: opportunity to read Scripture and know about God, or opportunity to read Scripture, and choose to place our trust in its truth and to know God.

Which will we choose today?

Prayer: Father God, we believe; help us in our unbelief, that we might know You more and more each day. Teach us, we pray, to continually cultivate the practice of learning to be still and know that You are God. In Christ's name, we pray. Amen.

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1 Comment

  • PresbyCan Feedback says:

    Thanks for the good thoughts Lynne.

    Awesome devotional and a good reminder.

    Thanks Lynn. I needed this reminder today. Lord bless you.

    Your prayer puts it perfectly, Lynne, and I say AMEN as I am learning more and more of the reality of His presence every day.

    Thanks for your sharing of your writing with all of us. Trusting in God is easy in thought, but not always so easy in action. You explained it well.

    Dear Lynne,
    Your message was meant for me as patience is not one of my strong points. Today’s Scripture was a great reminder to wait on the Lord with quiet expectation.

    What an timely & appropriate message! It spoke to my heart this morning.
    I am currently in a type of “hold pattern” following surgery & wondering daily, “How much longer, Lord?” Now, I will choose to regard the situation as a gift from God & a prime opportunity to be still & know He is God. Thank you!

    Dear Lynne,
    Thank you for reminding us to “Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10). Let us remember that the Way to know God is to know him through Jesus Christ who says, “I am the way, the truth and the life: No one comes to the Father but by me” (John 14:6).
    Keep writing.

    Dear Lynne,
    Another great devotional! The Royal Mounted Police! Wow!
    I have always been captivated with the very sight of them. Do you get to interface with any of them?
    Now, Your description of the anxiety state was described so well. And, being still is so hard to do. Thank you for sharing this word with us. God bless.

    Outstanding! I’m late reading it.

    This devotional touch me and reminded me of how often I need to be still and know that He is God. This has a way of quieting my fears and lifting me to think about Him and all the blessings He provides.
    Thank you for your devotion to Him and to the Presbyterian Daily Devotional study.

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