I know. You’re probably looking at your screen like that has to be a typo. But, it’s not, and yes, I’m still repenting for feeling that way.

Of course I do feel terrible for even admitting it, but it’s true. And since I promised I would tell you the truth – the good, the bad and the ugly – here’s some of my ugly truth.

Every time I heard this scripture my eyes would immediately twitch and roll. It was like my body was having an allergic reaction to this verse.  I kept hearing this scripture so much it was like God was playing a joke on me.

No exaggeration, these are how my prayers would go:

Me: God, You promised I’d be getting a promotion but I don’t see that happening at all.

God: Be still, and know that I am God.

 

Me: (Insert deep sigh) I’m about to be 30 God, the clock is ticking and Boaz is still MIA.

God: Be still, and know that I am God.

 

Me: God, I really need a word from you!

God: Be still, and know that I am God.

 

Me: Seriously God?

God: Be still, and know that I am God.

 

Me: Let me guess God, be still right?

God: Be still, and know that I am God.

No matter what I prayed or how I prayed the answer kept being the same:

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭KJV‬‬)

The more I heard “be still” the more frustrated and abandoned I felt. Here it is, my world would be moments away from falling part (at least in my mind that how it seemed) and the only thing God was saying was do nothing?

Instead of trusting God, hearing Him say be still would make me feel as though he didn’t see the urgency of my situation. I wanted Him to react immediately and do something to fix my problems.

When I finally took the time to read Psalm 46 in its entirety, I was blown away.  The Psalmist’s reaction is the exact opposite of mine.  He is reminded of God’s presence in the midst of his trouble.

Even with catastrophes and natural disasters looming around him, the Psalmist is calm and resolved in his faith.  He doesn’t doubt for one moment that God would come to his rescue.

If only I could have gotten this revelation sooner.

Instead of trusting God and being patient for Him to work things out for me, I was inpatient and filled with doubt.  It wasn’t that God didn’t care. He was simply trying to tell me don’t panic!

God was very much aware of my circumstances.  I should have trusted in His words.  After all, He’s the same God that created the heavens and the earth with His words.

When God speaks, His words may not be what we want to hear in that moment, but they are exactly what we need to hear and believe.

No matter what situation you’re dealing with His words are more than enough!

If God keeps repeating His words to you, don’t ignore it.  In the end, you’ll be glad you listened!

DAILY REMINDER

Psalm 46:10 (KJV), “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Deuteronomy 31:6 (NLT), “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.”

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