Words from the Heart for Friday May 26th, 2017
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 (NIV)
There is a reason we are told to be still. Only when we are free from frustration are we able to really know Who He is. He is God. He knows no limitations. He will be exalted. This is much more than just a personal promise about the details of our lives. It is our certainty as we look out at our world.
If you are looking for places in Canada where you can enjoy some quiet times, check out one of the many small towns that dot our country’s landscape. The Canadian Bucket List website lists their favourite small town in each province. In Quebec, they chose Hudson, 35 kilometers west of Montreal, and sitting on the bank of the Ottawa River. Surrounded by forests and farms, half the population of 5,000 are involved in arts and crafts, and their wares are available at the popular flea market. Throughout the year, Hudson hosts a variety of festivals, filled with not only locals, but city dwellers from Montreal and Ottawa as well. We all need times of quiet and reflection. Why not take time to get away from it all and visit one of Canada’s small towns.
A friend of mine is a bit of a mystic. In contrast, I am more than a bit of an action guy. He has taught me some important lessons spiritually. Like waiting on the Lord to speak before I move to action. It is good advice. King David gives the same advice in Psalm 46:10: “He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” We spend far too much time either being so busy we don’t take time with the Lord, or being so focused on our tasks, or the situation we are facing, or the challenges that seem so overwhelming, that the Lord can’t get our attention. God says to David, and to us, “be still!” It is a command of God, and if we truly belong to Him through faith in Jesus Christ, if he truly is our Lord, then we must obey every command he gives us. Including this on – be still! Why? So that we can once again have the awareness that he is God. We too easily forget that in the busyness of life, in the decisions that we are faced with, with the pressures of life. We are not God. He is! We are not all sufficient, all knowing, all powerful. He is. We don’t have the resources, or the wisdom, or the knowledge. He does. So, be still, and recognize that He is God.
These have been words from the heart.