Cease striving

A verse so many of us are familiar with is Psalm 46:10 which reads,

Cease striving and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord was instructing the people of Israel, His children, to stop worrying. You see, in the eyes of man, the Israelites have every reason to worry. Scholars tell us this psalm was likely written in response to the invasion of Israel during the reign of King Hezekiah. In the midst of their chaos and fear, the people had forgotten who God was and is.

Through the beautiful words of the psalmist, God petitions His people to refocus their attention on Him. Their worry was stemming from a place of inadequacy. They were trying to draw from the finite well of their own understanding and doubts. All the while God encouraged them to stop looking at the world and their situation through the limited faith of man. He was telling them to see it all through His perspective.

In 1 Timothy 6, we find Paul imparting some very similar wisdom to young Timothy. He writes in verse 6, “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” Paul was talking to Timothy about the snares of loving money and putting his trust in it, but I also think there is so much more to this verse.

How often do we exchange our faith in a good, sovereign God for our own interpretation which has been distorted by hurt and fear? We evade contentment in Him by attempting to live our lives in isolation and self-sufficiency.

Can I just share something with you today? Money will not buy you contentment. That relationship will not give your spirit peace. That job will not make you successful in the eyes of God Almighty.

We can go seeking comfort and establishment in all these different things, but I can promise you that they will never satisfy. The only Water that quenches our thirst, and the only Bread that sustains is Jesus Christ. Cease striving, brothers and sisters.

Sometimes we get so caught up in the lie that the grass must be greener on the other side that we miss out on a lot of what the Lord is trying to teach us. Find your peace and contentment in pursuing godliness and in seeking His face. Only then will you begin to understand your purpose and what it truly is to live fearless.

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