Weekly Teachings by Erik Momsen
by Erik Momsen
Most of the trouble in the world and around us is caused by people. Angry, hurt, broken, confused people who often don't intend to cause such terrible harm. A tired, irritable, aging captain of a Jumbo Jet disregards an instruction from a young traffic controller and kills over five hundred people as he smashes into another Jumbo on the runway.
It is increasingly difficult to keep one's cool in world filled with noise and thousands of voices. Voices on the TV, radio, BBM, cell phone … voices in my head.
Into this God still says, “BE STILL. If you only be still and listen to Me, life will be very different”.
BETWEEN THE DEVIL & THE DEEP BLUE SEA
It was the Red Sea and it is a little harsh to so name the army of Pharaoh. Israel was in a situation that was well beyond their ability to triumph in. Fear with anger and sarcasm grips them but Moses speaks faith and truth. GOD WILL DO IT!
“As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”
Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”
Then the Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the water so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground." (Exodus 14:10-15)
“The Lord will fight for you” - this a a recurring theme in scripture. Time and time again the Bible tells the same story of God fighting for His people.
Most of the time however people, and even God's people, run off in circles screaming in terror, collapsing in shock or doing more damage themselves. Note that the enemies of God's people are often themselves overcome with terror and kill each other.
God says “be still” - cease, conceal, be deaf, devise, ear, graven, imagine, leave off speaking, hold peace, plow (-er, -man), be quiet, rest, practise secretly, keep silence, be silent, speak not a word, be still, hold tongue
Israel survives to this day.
“BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD”
Psalm 46 is one of the great encouragers of the oppressed. It impresses on us the powerful words that “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way.”
Faith is stubborn. It will not give up. It has no alternative. It holds up the truth that it knows about God and clings to that even if the earth gives way.
What alternative do we have? Do we give in to fear, panic and destruction or do we hold onto a God who promises to fight for us?
Interestingly enough, other major cities of old had their own river – Tigris of Babylon, Nile of Thebes --- but God is the river of Jerusalem.
Verse 10 is the focal point of the Psalm.
“Be still and know I am God”.
“Be still” – rapha – “be weak, to let go, to release”.
QUIET YOURSELF - BE WEAK - LET GO
“KNOW THAT I AM GOD”
The questions directed at us are:
Do we know that God is God?
Do we know this God?
Do we know that this God is our God.
I know my God is able!
I know this God of Israel from His word and Spirit!
I know my God is for me!
Date Added: 2012-08-21
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