Tuesday’s Torch 604
September 8, 2020
“Be still, and know that I am God.” is a very well known passage from Psalm 46:10. I’d like to discuss what it means to me and how I apply it presently. I say it that way because it’s very cool the way a passage of scripture can mean different things to you at different times.
Currently this verse applies regarding trying to do so much. I, like many others, am a ‘fixer’. Show me a problem and I’ll do everything in my power to fix it. I might not always be able to but if I fail then let’s just say the failure is magnificent. Unfortunately that can cause problems such as trying to fix things for people when they merely wanted someone to listen or by becoming obnoxiously persistent when I perceive a problem exists.
There is nothing inherently wrong with trying to fix problems or paying attention to details but it can cause additional problems. Overthinking and anxiety go hand in hand and can increase your levels of bad stress which contributes to many health issues. Outside of that, I know firsthand that obsessively trying to fix relationship problems can actually make the problems worse. So how do we let go of things we want to fix? No, seriously, how?
I’ve heard a lot of people use the quote “Let go and let God.” I think it’s one of those things that is so much easier to say than to do. I think it’s very close to the meaning of the verse I quoted to begin this message, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The thing I really like about the verse is “be still”, or in other words calm, at peace. I can think back to many times where had I been more willing or more able to be calm and peaceful that situations could’ve worked out far better.
So how then does the verse say to do that? By knowing that God is God. We don’t have to do everything ourselves no matter how it may seem in the heat of the moment. In fact there are so many things that only God can do for us that he can only do if we get out of his way! It’s extremely hard at times despite being so very simple. Just be still, know that God is God and stop trying to do his job for him by trying to control every single aspect of a situation.
I’ve tried controlling things and trust me, I am not God for an infinite number of reasons and one of those being I’m terrible at it! I’m probably not the only one who feels like at times I have the reverse Midas touch. You’ll remember from mythology that everything King Midas touched turned to Gold. Well it doesn’t take much thought to realize that the reverse Midas touch would be everything you touch turning to poop! And yeah, I found a way to use the word poop in the Torch. I felt like it was better than the word crap or other options. Was it the right call?
Anyways. As we are able to relax, and take a deep breath and just be still sometimes, we allow God to do what he does best, we allow him to be God! Would you be able to fully help someone who was actively trying to be you? “Oh, you’re trying to steal my identity? Hold up let me help you out!” Nope, you can see where that would be a bit awkward and problematic. So let us all be still. Let God be God. Of course be in control of yourself, but relax and be still when it comes to controlling things that you really have no ability or right to control.
This is a lesson I’ve still not fully learned and part of what led me to choose this topic. I pray that we all may become better at this. It sure would lessen our stresses and anxieties to know at least a little more completely that God really is God and he really does have things under control. Be at peace and allow him to make it so that all things really do work together for our good. I leave this message with you in the name of Jesus Christ, Amen.
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