“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. God’s kingdom will come ‘on earth as it is in heaven.’ God’s rule will be established. And there will come a time when
“at the name of Jesus every knee should 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)
We are accustomed to taking the short view and looking for immediate results. We often despair because there is no immediate change for the better, or no prospect of such change. However God is not confined to our time frames, and has His own purposes in mind – and they involve us and our eternal joy in His presence and love! One thing He does promise is that He will be with us always. He will be there to strengthen and sustain us where that is necessary, not only in the immediate moment but also for the journey ahead. And in ways that we cannot comprehend but can believe,
“in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
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, even when things get beyond my influence and control, God is there and He will come through – in His time and in His way. Notice that it is not just “Be still,” but “Be still before the Lord!” The acknowledgement is that He is present and, because He is present, we can begin to have peace.
Be aware that 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. God wants to be remembered, and taken far more seriously, in both areas. It may be uncomfortable for many, but the benefits would be a better world – if we perceive and listen to Him.
Whatever your immediate situation, pray for God’s help, and decide – to Trust Him, Delight in Him, Commit every way to Him, and then Be Still before Him. It takes ongoing prayer, intention and practice, but it is His will and He will help.
Father I find it so easy to worry and fret about many things. Please help me to be far more conscious of Your presence with me at all times, and to Trust You, Delight in You, Commit to You, and Be Still in front of You. In Jesus name I pray these things. Amen.