God’s perfect peace
God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!... Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:1-3, 10
In this life, you will be facing challenges, and what God wants you to understand is that you are not alone facing these challenges and He is with you. His command is that you trust Him and be willing to listen to His voice. There is nothing that can substitute for having time alone with God. Being still before the Lord will help you prepare to whatever challenges you will be facing in life. This is what the Psalmist declared from the text. He talked about the possibilities of facing challenges in life yet he was committed to hear and listen from God. The phrase “Be still” means letting God to be in control. You have to let Him take over. God always speaks but the problem is that you do not listen long enough that you are not able to see His guidance. You need to learn how to be still so you could be open and receptive to the promptings of His Spirit. When Joshua was commanded by God to lead the Israelites to the Promised Land, He told Him to let Him be in control. God wants to take over not to take sides but to further His purpose. “He did this so all the nations of the earth might know that the Lord’s hand is powerful, and so you might fear the Lord your God forever” (Joshua 4:24). God takes control not to have you win over others or just to show you are right and others are wrong, He does this so that He could manifest His power when one is surrendered to His leading. This is what the apostle Paul alluded; “This makes it clear that our great power is from God, not from ourselves” (2 Corinthians 4:7). To be still in silence and listen to God speaks is challenging especially when you let the noise of this world drown out the voice of God. But once you learn how to trust God and show your willingness to Him to follow His guidance, He will work through you and your circumstances. “The heart of the discerning acquires knowledge; the ears of the wise seek it out” (Proverbs 18:15). As Jesus told His disciples, “Consider carefully how you listen” (Luke 8:18). So do not fight life challenges blind. Listen to God’s guidance through His Spirit, His Word, and His people. Develop the habit of daily praying and regularly reading His Word. “You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!” (Isaiah 26:3).