Waves and Stillness
Posted: July 11, 2015
The human heart can be a very tumultuous place at times. Like an ocean that is constantly raging, throwing walls of water high into the air. Towering wave after towering wave can make it hard to navigate the area. I can remember going on a boat ride to go deep sea fishing. As the boat slowly made it's way through the calm waters, expectation and excitement was in the air. My family and I had our minds on the great fish that we would catch. As we left the harbor, we began to make our way out into the ocean. Pretty soon we reached the spot where we would fish. We put our poles into the deep green water and began to fish. Pretty soon, however, a dark cloud could be seen on the horizon. The boat began to rise and fall gently, but after a while it was no longer gentle. In fact, what started out as a great day turned out to be filled with lots of swells. I began to get sea sick and was reminded to look at the horizon as the fishing boat went up and down 8 foot swells. Long story short, we reached the harbor and I was glad to be back on land again. The heart is a lot like this ocean. Worries, and concerns come from the middle of nowhere, and pretty soon we start to get emotionally sick. Our ability to cope, begins to be choked by the water, and we begin to get sick. Sick of the worries and concerns and in turn sometimes treat others with the exact same sickness that has fallen upon us.
What can be done in a situation like this? The waters and the waves seem almost ready to squelch any hope of sanity, or ability to cope. What are we supposed to do? The Bible has the answer.
Psalms 46:10 says:
“Be still….” “Be still?” You say. “How can I be still when I am being drug in 20 different directions at once, and everyone is demanding my attention. How can I be still when my life is so full of uncertainty? When my job is on the line? When I don't know how to handle what the doctor said to me? When my wife is leaving me? When my children are rebelling against me? When my finances are on the cliff and about to plummet into oblivion?
Were this verse to end here it would be a pretty hopeless situation indeed. Almost like reaching into that ocean full of swells with a little sand pale and trying to scoop water hoping that it will catch it all and make the sea calm. However, Praise God it does not stop here.
The verse continues: “...and know that I am God….” We need to know that God is who He says He is. He is the one who is in charge! Let us get to know Him in His Word. Let us tell Him about our troubles, and reach out to Him with them. Then let us realize that God is able to help us in our difficulty, whatever that may be. Maybe you have been experiencing a problem in this area for this specific purpose. So that you can know how good God truly is.
Finally the verse ends with: “I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” No matter what happens, God wins in the end friend! If you have accepted Him as your personal Lord and Savior, then you have nothing to worry about. If not, why not do that right now. Tell Him in your heart that You need Him and accept Him as your personal Lord and Savior. Now you too can claim this promise:
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”