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When strivings cease

Part of a song lyric popped into my head this morning, and it stuck real good so I wanted to share.

“When strivings cease.” It’s from one of my favorite worship songs, called “In Christ Alone”. I believe much of the lyrics from the song were derived from Psalm 46, so I looked it up (it’s also copied below, for your convenience). I found that this particular Psalm was written during a time of war and natural disasters. The writer of this Psalm was tired; tired of fighting and tired of being afraid. When he talks about striving, he means it. But then he turns to God. He recognizes that God is in ultimate control and believes He was telling him to stop trying so hard. “Stop striving, I’ll handle this.” He didn’t necessarily say he would end the battle anytime soon. He just said He would be there through all of it.

This reminds me of Exodus 14:14, where it says “The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” This seems to be a recurring theme throughout the Bible, and consequently in my life as well as others who are struggling with any sort of “battle”. If that’s you – please know these words are true for you – Stop striving. Be still. The Lord is fighting your battle. Rest in Him.

Psalm 46:

God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.[c]

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields[d] with fire.
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.”

Thankful challenge day 9

Today I am thankful for the intimate ways God speaks to me. I read Scripture every morning as part of a reading plan set by the creator of the Kindle app I use (OliveTree), and every week our pastor somehow manages to preach on a subject or read an exact verse that I have read that week. I was a few days behind on my reading, and today’s Scripture was about the parable of the sower. And what did we hear about at church on Sunday? You got it! We learned about planting seeds, sharing our faith with others, and letting God do the rest. It’s a great lesson, and I feel I learn it best through repetition, so I’m extremely grateful that God works with me and has patience as I slowly grasp these concepts. Thank you Jesus! 🙂

The gift of a sound mind

“God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” – 2 Timothy 1:7 (KJV)

This is a great verse to remember, if only for the part about not fearing. However, today I am focusing on the last part, the “sound mind” part. Over the past few weeks God has been dropping hints with me, reminding me ever so gently that words are powerful, and that words have the power to affect our minds. And as our minds are affected, so are our hearts. So when I have a heavy heart, God’s Word is the perfect starting place for change. I can meditate on His words, His TRUTH, and let it sink in to my heart. When my mind feels afflicted or confused or just plain ragged, there is no magic formula to fix it. Unless? Reading what God says is true = healing of the mind = heart at peace? I believe this is a true statement. God has given us a sound mind. We just need to remember that and go get it. Chances are, it’s closer than we think. 

Oh phooey, I don’t know what else to say about this. It sounds too easy, doesn’t it?