Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Be Still

Life gets so hectic.

Some days it feels like I'm driving in the fast lane.
I try to change lanes but I can't get over.
I'm stuck!
Then, life bombards me like an 18 wheeler, riding my bumper and trying to force me out of the way.
Not only is that 18 wheeler riding my tail but it's honking it's ridiculously loud horn and flashing it's bright lights!
I want to get out of the way but I am stuck and life is breathing down my neck threatening to run me off the road.

Do you ever have days like that?
If you answered "no" then stay tuned for my post on lying in the next few weeks.

We've all been there:
-When it seems like our mind has a to do list that is longer then we can comprehend
-When the cares of this world make us feel overwhelmed and stressed
-When we want to just crawl back into bed and restart the day

What should we do when we find ourselves in these moments of stress and worry?

Human nature tells us when things start moving really fast that we need to move even faster to keep up with it all.

That is actually the opposite of what God tells us.

He says, "Be still and know that I am God..." Ps. 46:10 (N.I.V.)
In these times we should trust God completely, not worry about our situation.

In Matthew 6:24-25, Jesus tells us not to worry. He says:
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
   28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. 34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." (N.I.V.)

That sounds good but how can I not worry? I have responsibilities.

Yes, we do have responsibilities and God knows that. 
He understands that better then we do.
Notice in verse 32 above when talking about food, clothing, and necessities of life that Jesus says, "...your heavenly Father knows that you need them."

God knows that we need these things and He is the one who provides them for us.
It's not up to us.
It's up to Him.
How awesome is that?

The key to not worrying is to surrender everything to God.

Lay your worries at His feet.
Give him your responsibilities concerning your family, your job, and your relationships.
Anything that represents that 18 wheeler breathing down your neck can be handed over to your Father God.

He promised us not just life, but life More Abundantly through Jesus.

It's time to stop letting worry keep you up at night.
Give it all to your heavenly Father.
He will be awake all night anyway!

Once you have surrendered the things that cause you anxiety you can truly Be Still and Know that He is God.

As always remember:
God Loves You!
God Created You!
God Accepts You!

Until next time,