Be Still Surrender


If you’re like me, we tend to want to fight and figure out how to deal with issues, and God says, let go and relax. Our challenge is to open our hearts to the one who can calm the wind and waves, yet who most often starts by making still the heart of his children…

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
Psalm 46:10

“In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
John 16:33

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30

As I was considering the life and trials of Job the other day, I was reminded that we are to take heart because even though we face trials and troubles in this world, Jesus has overcome it.  Not to say that we won’t have trouble. That isn’t the guarantee of Jesus’s promise.  The promise of Jesus is that he has overcome, and by the way, Jesus is with us always as we face the trials we face.

God is ever-present in our lives and in our troubles. We tend to want to fight and fuss and figure out how to deal with issues, and God says, let go and relax.

Don’t strive within trouble.

Doesn’t that go against our natural inclination? We want to be self-sufficient and strong. And we should be careful to not be lazy in our circumstances. God’s power and promise does not mean we can be lazy and laissez-faire.  This is a heart issue – not an activity issue.

In other words, we ought to do what we can to get through our troubles.  The flat tire won’t change itself.  The relationship won’t improve without active reconciliation.  We have action to take when we face trouble.  At the same time, at the heart level, we need to let go and relax.  Calm your heart.  Take heart. Be still.  God is in control and capable of providing help.  This highlights for me that being still is really an issue of surrender. 

And he might help you.  Might.  Maybe not in the way we want.  God’s help will typically always come in presence and comfort.  Sometimes it will accompany resolution.  That’s not always a guarantee in our world.  Some things we will struggle with until we see heaven.  God’s presence and peace will be our strength in those situations.

Will you be still in your heart?  Will you receive the comfort and peace from him so that as you face trial Jesus gives you rest and the ongoing perspective that he has overcome everything we face? And will you surrender?

Open your heart to the one who can calm the wind and waves, yet who starts by making still the heart of his children…

Amen.

Marc Kinna

 

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