Stillness: A Quiet Strengthening for the Soul

Sermon Date: 
Aug 20 2017
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"Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." - Ps. 46:10

"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
- James 1:2-4

Sometimes it feels like LIFE is similar to taking a pop quiz; things happen to us in unexpected and unpredictable ways. And like those unexpected pop quizzes, what are we doing to prepare for them?

We may find ourselves responding in one of two ways when unexpected suffering-trials show up. We may run away because we no longer trust God, or, run towards God in trust to his promises and ultimate sovereignty. We know Satan tempts us in hopes to destroy our relationship with God especially through pain staking trials. However, God (who does not tempt) will use such temptations to test, strengthen, and mature our relationship with him. Let us remember God is faithful not to allow us to be tempted beyond what we can handle, and thus, will provide a way of escape (1 Cor. 10:13).

Apostle Peter states, "In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith - of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire - may be proven genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed" (1 Peter 1:6-7).

The Bible also reveals how our strength comes in quietness and trust (Is. 30:13). It's about BEING STILL AND TRUSTING GOD IS GOD who is working for your goodness (Rom. 8:28) and yet always for the glory of his Son Jesus Christ! To BE STILL has various connotations such as: letting go, to be weak, to release, to relax, to surrender. The Holman Christian Standard Bible translates Psalm 46:10 as, "Stop your fighting - and know I am God." Finding that "HOLY-REST" which has us being still with God (reading his Word, prayer, reflecting, etc.) is a great strengthening of our soul.

May we grow to trust in God no matter the trial which has us faithfully declare, as in the words of Job, "though he slay me yet I will hope in him" (Job 13:15).

Learning to let go as I trust in God's sovereign love and path for my life,
Pastor Trevor