"Be Still and Know that I am God"

The other day in my morning bible study we were talking about sin and the one imparticular that we ended up focusing on was idolatry.  Idolatry is worshipping or paying divine attention to any created object.  I think of an idol as anything that gets more of my attention and focus than God.  In my life, many things have been idols at different times.  I will talk about some of those in a bit but for now, I want to talk about what God has been teaching me to combat this worship of idols. 

He is using Psalm 46:10 "Be still and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted among the earth." to teach me many things.  I so often focus my efforts on the issues, concerns, or just day to day motion of my life and forget to focus on the one important thing, God.  Therefore I end up putting all those things before God.  In Psalm 46:10, God is teaching me that if I will just stop what I am doing and focus on Him, knowing that He is all powerful, all knowing, loving, compassionate, just, righteous, and merciful along with so much more, that I will be less stressed and life will seem easier.  By the outward wordly perspective, things might not appear that way but my heart will be content and peaceful because my focus is on Him.  Because no matter what we do, God will be exalted. 

So how does idolatry and Psalm 46:10 work together in my life?  I find that when something starts consuming a lot of my time, that I tend to let it and then I loose focus on God.  I feel like through my cancer God kept saying "Be still and know that I am God."  Cancer made me slow down and sometimes completely stop doing the things that were consuming my life.  I had to stop and focus on God and trust Him.  I had to trust Him with my kids, I had to trust Him wih my husband and his job, and I had to trust Him with camp and other ministry things.  When I was focusing on Him, He provided amazing people to love my kids, He provided an amazing and 100% supportive work environment for my husband, and He provided incredible people to help with camp.

As I go forward here are some specific examples  of other things that can become idols in my life:

My kids:  I tend to get so busy and consumed with their sports, activities and lives that I neglect God.  I am trying to be aware of this and make sure that I carve out time to spend with God.  I am trying to not let their lives or things going on in their lives consume my attention.  When they do, I need to remember to "Be still and know that He is God."  Nothing I can do or plan will trump God's plan so I need to remember that and seek Him and trust Him.

Camp:  When camp kicks up full time, I tend to put it before Him.  I will remember that nothing will happen without Him.  I will remember that if I am still and focus on Him, He will be faithful.

There are so many other things that can fight for my attention like, my house, money, my husband and many more.  The overall lesson that God is teaching me is that I can either let those things consume my attention and focus therefore making me stressed, unhappy, and uncontent or I can "Be still and Know that He is God" therfore making me peaceful, joyful, and content. 

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