“Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him;
do not fret when men succeed in their ways,
when they carry out their wicked schemes.”
The way things are today is not the way that they will be forever. There will be change. The closer that people are to God the better it will be. The further they move away from God the tougher it will be for everyone.
There may be times when evil seems to have a field day. However one thing is certain – God is active. His kingdom will come ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ His rule will be established. There will come a time when
“at the name of Jesus every knee (will) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Philippians 2:10-11)
God is not suggesting that we be passive and inactive. Through the Psalmist He has been leading up to this fourth activity. He has said to us in this Psalm:
- Trust in the Lord and do good (v3)
- Delight yourself in the Lord (v4)
- Commit your way to the Lord (v5)
All of these are positive and active steps that we are called to take in any situation. The final one, ‘Be Still ….do not fret’, is the stillness that comes from choosing to believe that God is in control, He will have His way and He will “work for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
There is a shaking going on in the world today. Within the churches, and in the world at large, things are happening. All of these seem designed to make people pause, realise their vulnerability and take stock of where they are and what they are about. Many things are beyond our control – but not beyond God. It is important that we keep our trust in Him.
“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength” (Isaiah 30:15)
In all things recognise God – ask for His help – do what He calls you to – and trust Him for the outcomes
Lord help me to walk through every day trusting in Your presence and love – knowing that You will always be in control. Amen.