Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Be Still~

“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.
Selah ~ Psalm 46:10-11

Several years ago, the Lord spoke these very words to my heart.

I was in the midst of a battle. False rumors and lies were spreading like wildfire. People who once stood behind me and supported me, now hurled words of insult and malice. It was a hard place to be.

Well meaning people, who had only my best interest at heart, urged me to fight back. Don't just sit there and take that! Speak up! Stand up for yourself! Set the record straight!

Believe me. That is exactly what I wanted to do and almost did. But then, God spoke to my heart:

Be still, and know that I am God. 

At the Zoo
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I bit my tongue, zipped my lips and by God's grace, stayed still.

Did God come to my rescue? Yes, indeed.

Did he move in this situation and work it all for my good? Yes, indeed.

Not in the way I would have chosen then.

But, in a way I am thankful for now.

God moved on my behalf by moving me some place else; a far better place.

Pastures greener than any I have ever rested in.

Water sweeter than any I have been led beside.

A place that refreshes; a place that has restored my soul.

I hate to think how this story would have ended had I not been still.

If had a gotten in God's way.

If I had tried to vindicate myself.

The battle belongs to the Lord. When we move out of the way and let God move, God is exalted. When we are still, we come to know that God truly is God and that:

The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Heavenly Father, You ARE God. When the world turns against us, when we feel the rug being pulled out from underneath us, when all seems unfair, unsettled and unraveled, help us to be still and to know that you are God. Thank you for fighting our battles for us. Thank you for working ALL things for our good and for your glory. Thank you for loving us. Help us to be still so that you might be exalted in our life. In Jesus' name, Amen~




Beholding Glory

7 comments:

  1. Such wisdom here...thanks for sharing with us :)

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  2. This is so true Stacy; when we stop relying on ourselves and learn to rely only on God, He fights the battles for us! Its not always easy if we are too self sufficient, but if we are still its so comforting to know that we can turn these types of situations over to Him. :)

    Blessings to you for letting God direct and guide you to a better place!

    Denise

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  3. Hi Stacy - my husband and I are going through something like that at the moment (for the past 4 yrs) but we too have chosen to let God fight the battle. We have chosen to do things God's way and we know He will vindicate. We would rather it gets worked out His way than our way because His way will ALWAYS be far better than anything we can do. Your post is a reminder to remain true to that. Thank you
    God bless
    Tracy

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  4. Stacy:

    It's hard not to fight back, if left to our own flesh. But it's true, the battle is the Lord's.

    I like what you said here, "Pastures greener than any I have ever rested in. Water sweeter than any I have been led beside."

    We don't always see things God's way, but after all is said and done, we can look back and see that His ways are always best.

    Thank you for linking up today.

    Blessings,
    Joan

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  5. Stacy, I'm so grateful and humbled that my words blessed you. Thank you for visiting and saying so.

    "When we are still, we come to know that God truly is God." In all His love and power! Your testimony encourages me to be still and wait expectantly. Thank you!

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  6. AMEN! I could really relate to this post, as something similiar happened to me one time.
    We must remember that God knows what is in our heart. He knows who we truly are; He's the one we answer to. Keep trusting Him,leaning on Him and resting in Him.

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  7. Great advice, Stacy. Thank you for sharing this insight.
    Blessings,
    Charlotte

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