CEASE STRIVING

Psalm 46

God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains to be carried into the midst of the sea. Psalm 46:1-2

Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. ‘Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold” (Psalm 46:8-11 NASB).

The last thing you want to do in times of suffering and pain is to be still. Sometimes it feels better to keep moving, keep busy, do anything to distract your mind from thinking about the difficulty at hand. The pain does not really go away, but the thought of suffering more tempts you to keep postponing the inevitable process of dealing with hurt.

God’s plan for getting through suffering is for you to “cease striving” and know that He is God. What does it mean to cease striving? It means to stop trying to find all the answers on your own. Coming to a quiet place of humility and awe before your Savior is essential to allowing Him to do His sovereign work in your circumstances.

Meditate silently on these verses: “God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, And though the mountains slip into the heart of the sea” (Psalm 46:1-2 NASB).

Lord, help me to trust in You and cease striving in times of difficulty. Teach me to be still.

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