“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
But He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV)
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7 (NIV)
I recently came up against a dilemma. I found myself in a place where no amount of effort, no carefully crafted words, and no amazingly creative idea was going to award me an outcome I was after. My realization, in that moment, left me feeling incredibly vulnerable. For me this was a dilemma. I can’t be alone in this experience. Many of us are prone to working, pushing, and talking our way to fulfillment. It was in this place that I perceived as weakness, and maybe even failure, where I was reminded that my vulnerability is actually great strength. This truth is echoed and reinforced in God’s words to us, “Be still and know that I am God,” and “My power is perfected in weakness.”
During these times, coming to the end of ourselves and being vulnerable actually clears the way for us to see the solution to which our efforts blinded us… simply being still and allowing God to work. Sometimes our reliance on God is needed more than our abilities.
I encourage you to be still, stop pushing, and stop relying on your abilities; make your requests known to God and follow His lead. You will be amazed at the amount of peace you’ll find in the waiting.
Lord, I acknowledge that You are God and I am not. I take a step back from pushing and striving. Lord, I trust You with this desire in my heart. Lead me with Your peace as I choose to be still.