The peace from being still
Published 9:25 am Wednesday, August 23, 2017
Parents have been struggling to control their children for generations. It seems that being still is one that has to be learned.
We find meditation classes are being taught in many gyms and aerobic classes today. While peace is known as a state of mind, happiness is an emotion. Many in this world are chasing after their happiness based on what is trendy and people are finding out that this emotion simply does not last.
It is here today and gone tomorrow, based on our circumstances. Discovering the peace of being still can bring everlasting joy.
Imagine the anxieties of the Israelites from only having been set free by the Pharaoh of Egypt a day or so before, led by Moses to a place by the Red Sea and now being pursued by the Pharaoh’s army to destroy them.
This is the scene that took place in Exodus 14. However, the Lord instructed Moses to tell the people to stand still and witness the salvation of the Lord, for He will fight for you (Ex.14:13-14). The only catch was that they were to “be still” and to be silent. Surely these people questioned Moses’ command, just as people are still questioning His Word today.
However, we know the rest of the story of how God held back the waters of the sea and the Israelites walked across on dry ground safely to the other side.
Sadly, the Pharaoh’s chariots and army attempted to give chase and were swallowed up by the waters after God’s hand was removed.
This is just one of many examples of when God instructed His people to simply be still and to trust in Him. He will not only comfort us but He will also fight our battles (2 Chron. 20:17).
Jesus comforted His disciples, as He still does for us, with His words regarding the end of time events in Matthew’s gospel. This is relevant for today.
With all the talk of war with North Korea, we are reminded of those words that we will always have wars and rumors of wars. Even still, the Lord Jesus tells them, and us, not to be frightened because these things must take place (Mat. 24:6). Even when we experience heartaches or are faced with monumental difficulties, there is hope in Jesus.
Many of today’s anxieties are not life-and-death situations, but that does not take away from them causing us pain and suffering. The Lord is our refuge and strength during times of trouble. We only need to be still and acknowledge Him as God.
Rev. Todd Childers is pastor of Emmanuel Bible Church in Keysville. His email address is firstname.lastname@example.org.