Be Still

Is it as easy for you as it is for me to get to that place where you feel agitated, restless, and upset?

Fear might be the cause. Anger might provoke it. Worry or guilt often play a role in it, too.

The hardest thing in the world is to pause, take a deep breath, and be still. But we can cultivate the habit of quieting our hearts.

It starts with knowing our God better. Whatever we are afraid of, or angry with, or worried about, or ashamed of, we need to ask ourselves a simple question.

Is it really bigger than God?

(Hint: It’s not!)

God will shelter us. He will protect us. He will step up and be our strength. He promises to be our help in times of need. 

How do we know all this? The Bible tells us it’s so!

“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… He says, ‘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” (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭1-3, 10-11‬, NIV).

Our Bible reading for Thursday, April 16, is Deuteronomy 26:1 – 28:14, Luke 17:11-37 and Psalm 46:1-11.

Lord, my heart is restless. Help me to find rest in you, Jesus! Send your Spirit and your gracious promises to quiet my mind and direct my heart to you. You are my refuge, my strength, and my fortress. You are with me always, and especially when I am in trouble.

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pastorjeffgunn

I'm married to my beautiful wife Julie and have five kids whose names all begin with the letter A. I'm a pastor at CrossWalk Church in Phoenix, AZ. I love Jesus, my wife, my kids, and my grandkids. Huge Arizona Cardinals fan! Reading, hiking, camping, travel, and fishing are my top 5 downtime pleasures.

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  1. Our Bible reading for Thursday, April 16, is Deuteronomy 26:1 – 28:14, Luke 17:11-37 and Psalm 46:1-11.

    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. (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭1-3‬ NIV)

    He says, “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. (‭Psalm‬ ‭46‬:‭10-11‬ NIV)

    Be Sill….

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/zgsiv0fvjv28fmn/be%20still.m4a?dl=0

    You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. (‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭26‬:‭17-18‬ NIV)

    Heavenly Father, it is you that find rest and peace. Please send your Spirit to all who are uneasy, and need the calm of your love. You are the only one, our hope and salvation. Let us know you, your word, the truth. In you the world quiets and if we listen and focus, our love turns to you. Father I hear and I obey your call. You are my rock, my fortress.

    ~Paul Montenieri

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