Summary: St Augustine said, Even as believers, we can find ourselves struggling against God at times. We need to stop and consider that it is far better to travel with the current than against it.
BE STILL AND KNOW
St Augustine said, Even as believers, we can find ourselves struggling against God at times. We need to stop and consider that it is far better to travel with the current than against it.
Max Lucado writes, “We live in a culture where speed is king. I find myself in a hurry even if there is no reason. We are an uptight generation of compulsive activists. There are ten times more things to do in a day than anyone can do, and so we feel we are always behind and failing to do all that we could. All we do is respond, respond, respond to stimuli. We want peace but it just does not fit into our agenda. Peace calls for doing nothing sometimes, and we can’t handle that. Pascal the great Christian philosopher and scientist said, ‘Most of man’s troubles come from his inability to be still.’”
In our key verse, God is telling us to “Cease striving and know that I am God”
What does He mean, Be still . . .; cease striving . . .
It means we struggle with God in so many ways we don’t think about:
_ When God tells us what to do and we ignore it
_ When God tells us how to do something and we want to do it our way or modify it a bit
_ When sin knocks on our hearts door and we answer it and invite it in
_ When we try to change others in our own power and image
_ When His will takes a back seat to ours.
There are four aspects of God in this Psalm we would do well to note and keep in mind to keep ourselves in sync with God and not struggle with Him.
I. GOD IS A PROTECTOR – 1-3
A. We put too much confidence in false security:
i. We feel safe in our homes – but they can be broken into
ii. We feel our money is safe – there is no adequate protection for our finances
iii. We feel that our job is secure – even the best employees are let go
iv. We feel safe with our family and friends – but even they cannot keep us safe, no matter how much they have good intentions to do so.
B. OUR ONLY HOPE FOR TRUE SECURITY IN THIS LIFE IS GOD
i. Psalms 91:1-5 – He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say OF the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust. Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence. He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust: his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Thou shalt NOT be afraid for the terror by night; nor for the arrow that flieth by day;
ii. HE IS:
a. A place of protection – refuge – 1
b. A source of power – strength – 1
c. An available rescue – present help in trouble – 1
d. A rock of courage in a dangerous world – 2-3
II. GOD IS A PROVIDER – 4-5
A. Missionary statesman Hudson Taylor had complete trust in God’s faithfulness. God’s work done in God’s way will never lack God’s supply.
B. We are too caught up in self-sufficiency
i. All we have comes from God
ii. He provides for us (Matt. 6:25-34)
iii. We rely more on ourselves than God, which creates anxiety.
C. GOD PROVIDES:
i. Serenity - Psalms 23:2 – He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
ii. An abundant future - Revelation 22:1-3 - And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the midst of the street of it, and on either side of the river, was there the tree of life, which bare twelve manner of fruits, and yielded her fruit every month: and the leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations. And there shall be no more curse: but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him:
III. GOD IS A POWERHOUSE – 6-7
A. TO MANY CHRISTIAN’S HAVE A POWER PROBLEM
i. Power hungry – craving power for personal gain
ii. Power deficient – drained of power because of improper or insufficient use
iii. Power off – to lazy even to turn on the spiritual switch that will make them effective for God