Be still and know… that God is near.
God is our refuge and strength, a help always near in times of great trouble. That’s why we won’t be afraid when the world falls apart, when the mountains crumble into the center of the sea, when its waters roar and rage, when the mountains shake because of its surging waves. (Psalm 46:1-3, CEB)
Be still and know… that God is reliable.
There is a river whose streams gladden God’s city, the holiest dwelling of the Most High. God is in that city. It will never crumble. God will help it when morning dawns. Nations roar; kingdoms crumble. God utters his voice; the earth melts. The LORD of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety. (Psalm 46:4-7, CEB)
Be still and know… that God is in control.
Come, see the LORD’s deeds, what devastation he has imposed on the earth— bringing wars to an end in every corner of the world, breaking the bow and shattering the spear, burning chariots with fire. (Psalm 46:8-9, CEB)
Be still and know… that God is to be worshipped.
“That’s enough! Now know that I am God! I am exalted among all nations; I am exalted throughout the world!” The LORD of heavenly forces is with us! The God of Jacob is our place of safety. (Psalm 46:10-11, CEB)
Be still and know… that God is.
Faithful and present God, you are not blind to the storms that rage in this world, the illness that threatens. Some are visible to the eye, but others are hidden in our heart. Lord, bring your refuge and healing strength. Make me still in your safety.
When what seems permanent begins to crumble, when devastation ravages the earth, when powers that be claim your authority – let us remember the joy you have set before us. Lord, help us to let go of fear and doubt. Make us still in your waters of gladness.
God, Creator of time, we hurry from task to task, from crisis to crisis, carrying the weight of the world. Or in this new season of quarantine, we let time pass without meaning. But the world is yours, and everything in it. Let us lay down both what keeps us too busy to be still and stillness that is void before you so that we may lift our eyes to your glory. Lord, we come into your presence. Make us still in you.
Amen.When what seems permanent begins to crumble, when devastation ravages the earth, when powers that be claim your authority – let us remember the joy you have set before us. #hope #joy #Jesus Click To Tweet
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