My friend, Alison Stewart (@kiwibird), is always reminding me to "let go and let God". I am glad she does for I need this reminder often!
Today I read:
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
I don't know about you but in the past when I have read that verse, I have associated that with being "quiet". However, earlier today I read:
The command to "be still" comes from the Hiphil stem of the verb rapha (meaning to be weak, to let go, to release), which might better be translated as, "cause yourselves to let go" or "let yourselves become weak" (in poetic contexts, the noun form rephai'im was sometimes used as a synonym for "the place of the dead").
In other words... let go and let God.
Living in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, I have heard since childhood the sad tales of people who drown while someone is attempting to rescue them. They drown as a result of their own action and sometimes their action results in the drowning of their would-be rescuer. You see, when you realize you are in trouble, your instinct is to thrash about wildly and "fight". In essence, you fight against your rescuer. Instead, you must force yourself to trust your rescuer. You must stop, be still, and allow them to do what they must do to save you. Often times this is very hard to do for your instinct is screaming that if you don't fight, you will die. Ironically, in this situation, if you "fight" you very well could die!
I can't help but wonder how many times I am guilty of doing that. God longs to hold me and rescue me but instead, I panic and start thrashing about, trying to rescue myself. I find myself sinking, gasping for air, when I don't have to be. I simply have to let go and let God. I must be still and know that He is God.
move over we're both in the same boat. funny thing is i cant swim( go ahead and say it"but you were in the army) all i got out of that is a class on drownproofing where they taught you how to use your uniform as a floatation device.( it wont help me when i'm drowning in sins i stillstruggle with. thanks as always and be blessed
Same here! I sometimes wish I had a brain shut-off button! Thank you for tthese encouraging words Sister K and God Bless you richly! Dave
[quote]You must stop, be still, and allow them to do what they must do to save you. Often times this is very hard to do for your instinct is screaming that if you don't fight, you will die. Ironically, in this situation, if you "fight" you very well could die![/quote]
It just occurred to me that FEAR IS DEPENDENT ON FAITH. The stronger our belief that God is in control of our situation, the more difficult it is for fear to grab hold. I have discovered that for me what works best is 'tunnel vision' i.e. eyes pinned on God and a refusal to look at what is in my peripheral vision. When I had the brain tumour nearly three years ago I made a consious decision not to look to the left or the right and not to focus in any way on the reactions of those around me. I gathered pray-ers here on CB who consciously prayed for God's peace and as a result I was probably the most relaxed patient the Neurosurgery Unit ever had! Note, I had no idea of the outcome, I just knew without a skerrick of doubt, that God was in control. No Fear, just Faith. I still think it funny that it is only a few months ago that Irish discovered my peace was nothing to do with thinking I would get through the surgery - I had no idea what was going to happen BUT I did know who was in charge so I clung on to Him! Fear depends on us for a foothold. Faith gives us our direct line to God so really, when you think of it, there should be no contest. So, why do we insist on looking in the peripherals to find disasterous 'escape' routes when we have a direct line to the God of Peace?!
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