Our God says, “Calm down, and learn that I am God! All nations on earth will honor me.”
~Psalm 46:10, CEV
I have a great need for Christ; I have a great Christ for my need.
I love Psalm 46 in any translation but when I read it in the Contemporary English version yesterday, it blessed my heart yet again. It is not that hard for God to rock our world. It doesn’t take that much to shake the Bailey’s. A little wind and a few high waves and we are on our knees begging God for mercy. Psalm 46 talks about all those things that shake our world: earthquakes, tsunamis, land slides, storms and wars. You have to admit, we are pretty easy to shake. A lot of folks get shook up over the threat of bad thunder storms. Well, God word to we anxiety laden humans is–“Calm Down.” The things that shake us do not disturb HIM. He is the unshakable KING of an unshakable kingdom. The book of Hebrews says…This means that all of creation will be shaken and removed, so that only unshakable things will remain. Since we are receiving a Kingdom that is unshakable, let us be thankful and please God by worshiping Him with holy fear and awe. [Hebrews 10:27-28, NLT] What is a tempest to God? Does He really feel threaten by high winds or huge waves? Let the wind blow and the waves roar, He is undisturbed. These things shake us but they do not shake Him. Let all the tin-pan dictators in the world conspire against God and His anointed and He sits in heaven and laughs. Let Kim Jong-un, Hassan Rouhani, Vladimir Putin and Emmanuel Macron have all the summits they want; they are no threat to God. If you could combine all the weapons of all the nations and then assault this unshakable kingdom, it would be like tiny rain drops off a duck’s back. Even the angels would be laughing–“What are those idiots trying to do?”
So relax, chill out: the Almighty is the Almighty and He is in control. He is not going to save us from every distress because distress is one of His better teachers. His goal is not to turn us into spoiled brats who get everything they ask for; He has something much higher in mind. Our sanctification is to bring us to a level of maturity where we love people the way He loves them. When we start seeing people the way Jesus sees them, we will begin to see that our problems, and how we handle them, are avenues for ministry. Sometimes we pray the wrong prayer: we are asking the LORD to save us from the distress when we should be asking Him to teach through the distress. Anyway, it helps to know that He cannot be shaken by anything.
They say we are in for a lot of rain the next few days. I love rain so praise the LORD. I hope you have a great day and weekend.