Have you made this decision?

Be Still . . .
Devotionals for Daily Living
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God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah
Come and see the works of the LORD,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear,
he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Selah
(Psalms 46:1-11 (NIV))

I read something today that made me stop and think about these words. Something that actually made me stop in my tracks and wait for the tingling sensation to leave my body.

A U.S government report states that massive amounts of oil and natural gas have been found in Israel and off the coast of Israel.

I like prophecy, and one of the things that has always come to mind is how God could have promised that Israel would be a garden. At the time this was written, Israel was very arid. One of the other parts of this is that Israel would be the center of everything in the end days. Irrigation has turned much of Israel into the very garden that was prophesied. Israel is the center of world attention, and now that oil has been discovered, they will be the economic center of everyone’s attention.

This just confirms that what God promises, He will fulfill. He is our fortress. He is our refuge. He is our ever-present help in trouble. We have nothing to fear.

Something else that we may want to take into consideration are the other prophecies that appear to be coming true. Global economic issues that could easily pave the way for a single, one world currency and government. Terrorists and other threats that make the passage about wars and rumors of wars seem all too close and common.

When you hear of wars and rumors of wars, do not be alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be earthquakes in various places, and famines. These are the beginning of birth pains.
(Mark 13:7-8 (NIV))

If God’s plan is unfolding, it sounds like it is an ominous time. Fortunately, we can learn of God’s heart. We can know what He detests and what He calls righteous. We can know how to identify the enemy and how to claim grace and salvation.

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
(Psalm 46:10 (NIV))

We can sit at the feet of God the Father and learn of His heart. We can be embraced by His love and His mercy while we learn how to walk in His ways. We can be given peace in the midst of all the things that are happening.

It takes a decision. It takes a commitment. It takes each of us coming to the simple conclusion that we long to be still and know God in all of His glory.

Have you made this decision?

Copyright 1998 – 2010 Dennis J. Smock
Daily Living Ministries, Inc.
http://www.dailylivingministries.org
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