What do you depend on in life? What happens when the thing or person you depend on for security changes? Does life fall into chaos? Do you retreat inside yourself to feel safe again? Maybe that’s just me. Today, in our 40-Day Devotional on how to Be Still and know God we will see the wisdom in trusting God when change is hard.
Isaiah 23:2 Be silent, you inhabitants of the coastland, You merchants of Sidon;
The Context of Isaiah 23:2
Be Still in our text happens mid prophecy where the destruction of an ancient city is foretold. No one expected Tyre to be destroyed because of its history, location, and popularity but God knew.
Some things you should know about Tyre:
- Tyre wasn’t a bad city as bad cities go.
- The city of Tyre was ancient. People depended on it to always be there because it had always been there.
- Tyre had survived many attacks and was well fortified, further increasing the feeling of invincibility.
- Other Nations depended on Trye for trade and losing this city would have a huge impact.
- Tyre was near Isreal.
Observations from Isaiah 23:2
The phrase Be still in this text caught me off guard.
God said Be Still, Trust me as I change everything you thought you could depend on in this world.
I. Hate. Change. Change is Hard.
Tyre gave it all she had, delaying the fall for over 10 years but in the end, the city was left in ruins. The text tells us the Nations mourned the loss of Tyre, and He said Be still. Change is hard but be still.
What do you depend on in life?
My gut reaction is ‘I depend on no one and nothing because people fail and things change’.
Does that surprise you? You were expecting the Chruch answer, ‘I depend on God’. Well, I do, but then I don’t. Can you relate?
God has allowed a lot of crazy messed up stuff into my life and I go back and forth in trust Him. And it shows because He is always teaching me to Trust Him… my allowing Change and hardship. LOL. Vicious cycle. You’d think I’d just give it up… but the control freak in me paired with the anxiety disorder war with the Spirit in me that wants to Be Still and Trust God all the time.
Church has always been my safe place.
The blessing of grace that covers you – and the presence of God, even amidst the fallibility of Christians that roam its halls – always comforts me.
But even churches change. Pastors come and go. Christians move their membership over the smallest thing that goes against their preference.
People change. Places change. God never changes, we can Be Still and Trust Him.
Application of Isaiah 23:2
What is the thing or who is the person you place your security in?
I remember as a young naive girl, placing my hopes in marriage to bring security and a happily ever after. Regardless of how my Marriage is, my husband changes and can’t meet the expectation of being my security.
Our church goes through changes every few years that throws me into a tailspin, the church can’t make me feel secure.
For a time I separated myself, closed off my heart and depending on myself out of fear.
If everyone and everything around me is going to change I will just do everything and trust in myself. I cringe even writing that but it is true. Have you ever shut everyone out and tried to do it all yourself?
Bet you found bitterness and burnout waiting for you…
The result of self-reliance was burnout. God made us for relationships. We are intended to live in a community and support each other. Click To Tweet
To become self-reliant also leaves God out. When I trust only in me I make myself an idol in my own life.
Idolatry – to trust in anyone or anything more than God, to look to anyone or anything for help before looking to God.
Are you trusting in something or someone more than you trust in God?
Final Thoughts on Isaiah 23:2
It’s easy to become dependant on things and people in life. We are just going through life day after day living, working, sleeping, shopping, worshiping and all the rest.
Things I depend on in no particular order:
- The grocery store.
- My job.
- My husband’s job.
- Electricity (whew a blackout will make you realize this real fast!)
- Running water.
- The Furnace.
- My cell phone (I do not know one single phone number anymore).
Is it wrong to depend on things in life?
Depending on someone or something is not wrong. The problem comes when we place our security in those things rather than God. Click To Tweet
And honestly, you may not even realize you didn’t have security in God until something changes in one of the things you depend on. Then you can clearly see the idol.
Recently God showed me I was depending on myself again, shutting my husband out in the area of our finances. It took a hard change to make me see it.
Change can be good when we let God use it to reveal our heart and change us, molding us more into His image.
Be still and Trust God when Change is Hard He is up to something!
A Prayer to Be still and Trust God when Change is hard
You gave the nation’s warning of the change and still, it was hard. They mourned the fall of Tyre which gives me peace that it’s not wrong when I mourne the changes in my life. Lord, when change is hard I do anything but Trust You. I complain, criticize, gossip and wallow in fear. Forgive me.
Change my heart to Be Still and Trust You. Help me trust Your heart even when I can’t understand the need for change. Open my eyes to see what You are revealing during the change. Teach me to Be Still, to be silent from grumbling and to mourn the change in a healthy godly way.
Lord, you know the changes I am struggling with today. I submit to You, Your plan, Your Way and Your Timing. Have your own way Lord. Shield me and protect me through the changes. I will give You all the praise and Glory.