Weekday Devotionals

“Be Still” by Brenda Nidiffer

“Be still, and know that I am God!
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭46‬:‭10‬a, NLT

What a beautiful time this past Sunday being able to gather and worship as a church in the heart of our city! Our community has been walking through so much lately. We are reminded of the devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Ian on a daily basis as we drive through our neighborhoods or take a trip up to our beloved beaches. So many are in the midst of trying to put the pieces of their lives back together. Others in our faith community are facing battles with their health, battles within their families, the list goes on and can be very overwhelming at times. How do we move forward when it feels like everything is stacked against us?

As I was praying about what to share in this week’s devotional, the words “Be Still” continued to resonate in my mind and heart. Being still seems like the complete opposite of what we feel we should be doing in moments of crisis and adversity. We want to desperately figure everything out as fast as we can. We tend to resort to working harder, pushing ourselves further,  or running every scenario through our mind, so we have a plan A,B and C in place. Maybe then we will finally gain control over things and feel like we have mastered our dilemma?

But could the heart of the solution really be found in just being still? Stop the striving, stop trying to figure it all out, and rest knowing your Heavenly Father has it all under control and will reveal each next step to take as you trust in Him. Could it really be that simple?

Be still and know that the same God who has fought the challenges and battles of your past is working and fighting on your behalf both now and in the future.

“The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.””
‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14‬:‭14‬, ‭NIV‬‬

Be still and know God will give you the strength to face every challenge, every burden, every disappointment.

The Message version of Isaiah 40:28-31 so perfectly depicts this…

“God doesn’t come and go. God lasts. He’s Creator of all you can see or imagine. He doesn’t get tired out, doesn’t pause to catch his breath. And he knows everything, inside and out. He energizes those who get tired, gives fresh strength to dropouts. For even young people tire and drop out, young folk in their prime stumble and fall. But those who wait upon God get fresh strength. They spread their wings and soar like eagles, They run and don’t get tired, they walk and don’t lag behind.”

Be still and rely on the hope, joy and peace which can only come from a relationship with God. Nothing we can cling to in this world can ever compare.

I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:13, NLT

Whichever situation you may find yourself in as you read this, rest in the knowledge your Heavenly Father sees you, is fighting for you and is waiting with open arms to hold and carry you through!

With Much Love & Prayers,

Brenda Nidiffer




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