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Read: Exodus 14:10-14

In quietness and trust is your strength. – Isaiah 30:15

 

Early in my Christian life the demands of commitment made me wonder if I could make it past a year without returning to my old sinful ways. But this Scripture verse helped me: “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (EX. 14:14). These are the words Moses spoke to the Israelites when they had just escaped from slavery in Egypt and were being pursued by Pharaoh. They were discouraged and afraid.

As a young believer, with temptations engulfing my world, this call “to be still” encouraged me. Now, some 37 years later, remaining still and calm while trusting Him in the midst of stress-laden situations has been a constant desire for my Christian living.

“Be still, and know that I am God,” the psalmist says (PS. 46:10). When we remain still, we get to know God, “our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble” (V.1). We see our weakness apart from God and recognize our need to surrender to Him. “When I am weak, then I am strong,” says the apostle Paul (2 COR. 12:10).

Daily we grind through stress and other frustrating situations. But we can trust He will be faithful to His promise to care for us, May we learn to be still. — Lawrence Darmani

 

Dear Father, You are Lord of heaven,

and You have promised to be with me.

I don’t have to fear, for You are my God.

Please quiet me with Your love.

The Lord may calm your storm, but more often He’ll calm you.

 

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