They say God is in control of everything but I struggle to believe that. Why is it so hard to believe God is really still the One in control? Well, tell me this… Why do bad things happen to good people? How is it possible that children are raped in good Christian homes? Why is it that crazy hateful people can have and neglect children while good loving couples go childless? I don’t have any good Church answers for you, just questions and faith. Today, in this 40-Day Fast to Be Still and know God more we see that when we remember God is in Control we can Be Still.
No wonder I wrestle with anxiety huh?!?! I believe in God, have faith that He is All-Powerful, All-Knowing, All-Present, but I struggle to remember that God is in control.
I mentally battle the idea that God is love and God is just but God allows bad things to happen all the time. God could step in and stop any number of unspeakable horrors but He allows them. Why doesn’t God step in more often to rescue the helpless and protect the weak?
Have you ever wondered if God is really still in Control of it all?
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.
The Context of Psalm 46:10
We continue to find reminders to Be Still in the book of Psalms which means they were songs that have been sung for thousands of years. Songs that remind us to trust God, songs to help us remember who God is, and songs that let us reflect on who we are compared to God.
This song is a reminder that God is still in Control of the World. Nice that they needed help remembering that too huh?!?!
Observations from Psalm 46:10
Life is hard for all of us in different seasons. In those hard seasons, it’s easy to doubt God and forget that He is in control.
The Psalm starts with a reminder that God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in times of trouble.
Are you surrounded by trouble and in need of strength and refuge? Be Still with God in that season.
What kind of trouble can you be still with God through?
- Any Change (seriously, change is hard)
- Natural Disasters
- Land Slides
- And anything else you can imagine
It is God who created the world, everything that exists came from His spoken word. To this day God is in control of the Earth and all who live on it.
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God created this world perfectly, but sin entered the world and messed up perfection. Why did God allow sin to spoil paradise? He could have created perfectly obedient people or never allowed any temptation on Earth, to begin with. Why is there sin?
I never understood this until I had children. If love and obedience is not a choice it doesn’t count. No one wants obedience that is forced, it breaks relationships over the long term.
God wanted His children to choose Him, so there had to be a choice.
After sin entered this perfect world it began to die. Sin births sin and so each generation is more corrupt and perverted than the last. Sin even affects the seasons and land we walk on. It is all dying.
But God… But God is still in control, watching, acting, moving, and waiting. There will come a day when God has been patient enough with sinful men. There will come a day when this sin-filled world will end, judgment will come and God will set everything right.
Every wrong that it seems evil men got away with in this life will be judged by God
I asked a lot of questions in the intro… Let men answer them as best I understand.
God’s time is not my time and God’s ways are not my ways.
- Remember the rapist who lived to old age, he will be judged at the end of days.
- The murderer who was never convicted will be judged at the end of days.
- Those parents who abused and neglected their children will be judged at the end of days.
Bad people seem to get away with hurting good people… not that there are really good people. But God sees. God will punish one day and handle all the injustice that has us filled up with bitterness and resentment. That is one truth that helped me let go of hurt and Learn to Forgive.
Application of Psalm 46:10
:4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God.
What a funny phrase to be in this psalm about God being in control. In scripture rivers and streams are often spiritual references to the refreshing and instruction of the Bible. God gives the world His Word as a refreshing Hope. God gives the world His Church to proclaim the Good News and spread His Joy.
No one needs to go to that final judgment without the Gift of Salvation.
Sin is destroying the world but God did not leave us without Hope. God would save anyone who comes to Him, admits their sin and submits to His leadership. Salvation is His free gift to save the lost world. Click To Tweet
Instead of being fearful of the troubles that surround us we should remember they are temporary. As children of God, this world is not our home. We have a forever home with God to look forward to. Instead of getting stuck in the hard parts of our story we must rise up and be part of God’s bigger story and share our hope with the lost.
Final Thoughts onPsalm 46:10
There are days it looks like the troubles, needs, and chaos of my life will overtake me.
- Chronic Illness brings pain I struggle to function with.
- Marriage brings challenges I never imagined.
- Motherhood is more demanding than any other calling in life.
- Ministry is wonderful but exhausting.
- Life always seems to have one more hard thing to throw at us
But God says, Be Still and know that I am God.
Be Still and recognize that I am God and I am still in Control.
Be Still and understand that nothing happens to one of God’s children that He doesn’t know about beforehand and handle judgment over.
God will be exalted one day.
When this life is over and we stand before the Ancient of Days as He judges the world, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that He is Lord.
In the waiting time, when life is hard and we don’t understand, we can run to God and let Him be a stronghold where we hide from the troubles surrounding us. God wants us to Be Still in Him as a place of refuge and strength.
A Prayer to Be still and Remember That God is in Control of everything
You created everything that exists with just a word. I exalt You, Creator, God of the Universe, Ancient of days seated above all watching and judging the world. Forgive me for the times I’ve taken control to dole out judgment myself, impatient of Your timing. Help me see the lost through Your eyes, share the Hope of Your Salvation and forgive them.
Forgive me for getting so stuck in the pain and hardship of my smaller story that I have become useless in Your Bigger Story. Your Story is one of Hope and Rescue, Salvation and Joy. Open my eyes and give me a renewed passion to spread the Gospel.
You are God and I will exalt You all the days of my life.