The power of stillness

Posted on May 17, 2016 · Posted in Current Events, Sanctification, Wisdom

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Life is full of drama and upset. Relationships may be filled with tensions and disappointments. The cultural landscape and the world’s political climate are unsettling at best. The noise of life is everywhere. Sometimes hope appears out of sight, other times the relentless drama of life can make it seem as if your mind is about to explode. Where is peace?

The Holy Spirit speaks comfort into your life. He uses evocative images to speak to you. In Psalm 46 he says:

So we will not fear when earthquakes come
and the mountains crumble into the sea.

That’s challenging! Earthquakes and mountain crumbling into the sea are drama personified. Earthquakes, even with all of our sophisticated scientific advances, are not predictable. One moment there is calm, the next devastation. The Psalmist is speaking your language. The events of life can be as huge and as unexpected as a great quake. But when things are upside down and we are filled with discouragement, the Holy Spirit says not to fear. Your God is behind all that you experience. He has not abandoned you. Trauma, sadness, pain cannot diminish the purposes of God.

The Holy Spirit turns around the difficulties that overwhelm us. He helps us to see the wonder of God, even in the drama of life. The Lord’s hand is in all that we face. The Spirit says to stop and look around at all that God has done. All those who war against God are crushed. Yes, the enemies of God appear to flourish but they come to a sad end. After the devastation of relational battles God brings peace.

So in response to the upsets and drama of life, the Holy Spirit says this, “Be still and know that I am God.” Really, stillness in response to drama and devastation?

Yes!

God is always at work giving you opportunities to trust him. Value stillness over the panic and upset of your own heart. Christ went through every bit of trauma you will ever face so he can help you now, when things seem hopeless.

Trust God and know the power of stillness!

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Lord Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Psalm 46:8-11

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Jay Younts
John A. (Jay) Younts is the Shepherd Press blogger, and is a ruling elder serving at Redeemer Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Moore, South Carolina. He has written Everyday Talk, Everyday Talk About Sex & Marriage, Finding the Right Track, the In Touch With Paul stewardship series, and What About War. He has studied and taught about biblical childrearing for 30 years. He and his late wife Ruth have five adult children.