Today’s Daily Devotional from Pastor Andrew Bills
“How Can I Let Go When My World Is Being Turned Upside Down?”
This was the question that I was frantically asked by a believer that was being overwhelmed by her circumstances.
The main reason that people are troubled is because of trying to figure it all out alone. Once you stop trying to orchestrate or manipulate the outcome of things, cease from striving for your own solution, and stop blaming others for your past mistakes or failures, then you can hear God speak. Then you can “BE STILL” before Him, hear from The Holy Spirit and learn to yield to God’s plan.
Now, as painful or difficult as some situations may seem, God’s now calling you to “BE STILL” and stand in faith before His Presence.
Psalms 46: 1-2 says, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth be changed, and though the mountains slip into the midst of the sea.”
Then in Psalms 46:10 God says, “Be still and know that I AM God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
These are just two of the many different passages of scripture that should be able to give you unshakable confidence in knowing that God will always protect and provide for His children. But the secret in learning to trust God to be your “refuge, strength and help” only comes from learning how to “be still” before The Lord.
“Well, how do you do this when I’m having a financial crisis, or have suffered the loss of a loved one, or have just experience a job layoff, or a son is arrested for drug possession or my unwed daughter runs away because she’s pregnant? How can I be still when my husband’s having an affair, or my wife files for divorce, or my dreams have been shattered and I’m even disillusioned with God because my prayers have not been answered?”
“BEING STILL” before the Lord doesn’t mean that you become physically inactive. It means you “becoming open to The Lord” in order to hear His Voice and be led by His Spirit. It means you becoming more attentive and ready to obey and follow His directions and His Word. “How can you hear from God when your mind is filled with confusion and just running wild?” There are certain things God now wants to reveal to your heart and mind but you can’t hear or receive from Him while you’re always on the run and driven by panic and fear.
In Exodus 14:13-14, when the Israelites saw Pharaoh and his army coming to destroy them on the shores of the Red Sea, under heart-wrenching circumstances, Moses said “Fear not, STAND STILL and see the salvation of the Lord which He will show to you today. For the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever. For The Lord shall fight for you and you shall hold your peace.” And we all know the great miracle that took place on that day.
It takes courage and faith for you to surrender and become still. But, it’s a matter of choice. Either you’ll choose to worry and remain frustrated or you’ll choose to “Be Still” before The Lord.
The devil wants you distracted, disturbed, disillusioned and defeated. But Christ is now calling you to get alone with Him. You can learn to steal away from everything around you and know that your life and your welfare are now at stake. So begin by establishing some time away from the TV and other activities and get before God in His Word. Learn that if you seek His face, you’ll get His hand moving in your midst.
Despite having worked a full time very stressful managerial job with more than enough responsibilities and duties, I was totally refreshed and amazed after arising earlier just to spend some quality time with Christ before beginning my day. It clearly made the difference in my life and circumstances, allowing me to receive inspiration and direction from The Lord.
Christ will reveal Himself to you as your savior, deliverer, helper, healer, provider and whatever else you need. No matter what you’re facing or going through, God is available, willing, sufficient, all loving, all powerful, full of mercy and wonderful grace.
HE IS “your place to run to” when your world turns upside down and is filled with chaos. HE IS “your rest and comfort” when you feel you can’t go on any further. HE IS “your energy and strength” when you’re too exhausted to continue and fight.
BE STILL AND HAVE FAITH IN GOD!