Take Heart.

When you’re going through something or have a question about some topic, who do you go to? Sometimes your parents, someone you respect, or sometimes your friends (though they aren’t always the best people to answer your questions when they’re in the same boat). But my point is that when you have something you’re going through, you go to someone who is in authority on the matter, someone who’s experienced the same thing or something like it.

Well then, what do you make of this?

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

God has overcome the world. All the troubles, the heartaches, the drama, and the temptations. He has been there already…and he won. So, when things happen and you don’t know what to do, maybe before you ask your best friend or your mom, try asking God. He knows what to do to get through it because he already has. Isn’t that better than well meant, but sometimes unhelpful, words?

Just a thought for today. Love you all and may you not be content until you are content in Him.

-Cassidy

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Be Still and Know

“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10

Very Christian, right? Predictable verse from Psalms, “God is good, la-dee-da”.

But I’ve been getting into this habit lately where I try to not just read famous (or cliché) verses, I try to understand them, to learn about them all over again.

As for this one, here’s how I see it:

BE STILL. And KNOW that am God.”

First of all, God’s calling my name. He says, “Cassidy. Chill out. Be still. Calm down.” So there’s step one. Okay, deep breaths, focus, calm down. Harder than it sounds for me, but I get it eventually.

Now, here’s the interesting part. “KNOW that I am God.” Think about it. Do you know that he is God?

I don’t even mean being saved and believing in what He did for you, I mean knowing that this person, this god, you’re praying to is the Maker of the Universe, the magnificent, glorious, never-ending and never-changing GOD.

Earlier in Psalm 46, it says:

Come and see what the Lord has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.

He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shieldst with fire.

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 46:8-11)

That isn’t even all of it. Think of a single person you know who “makes wars cease to the ends of the earth”. Our God takes care of us.

The heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands. (Psalm 19:1)

When you look up at the sky, and think of how beautiful it is, or how amazing it seems, that’s God’s. Everything he makes is beautiful. (James 1:17)

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

Okay, wow. I just looked at Isaiah 40 and I’ll give you a few verses, but please, go read it. God is amazing.

13 Who is able to advise the Spirit of the Lord?t
Who knows enough to give him advice or teach him?

14 Has the Lord ever needed anyone’s advice?
Does he need instruction about what is good?
Did someone teach him what is right
or show him the path of justice?

15b He picks up the whole earth as though it were a grain of sand. (Whoa, what?)

 

21 Haven’t you heard? Don’t you understand?
Are you deaf to the words of God—
the words he gave before the world began?
Are you so ignorant?

22 God sits above the circle of the earth.
The people below seem like grasshoppers to him!
He spreads out the heavens like a curtain
and makes his tent from them.

28 Have you never heard?
Have you never understood?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of all the earth.
He never grows weak or weary.
No one can measure the depths of his understanding.

29 He gives power to the weak
and strength to the powerless.

 

 

God is amazing. That is basically what I’m saying.

“Be still and know that I am God.” Now that you’ve heard who God is, be still and know it. It can change your whole day.