Be still, and know that I am God;Psalm 46:10
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
As I was traveling along on a rather long piece of road, the Lord began to speak to me about scripture and a devotion I’d read earlier. He told me to head to my writing desk when I arrived and create a post for this blog and include rocks in the title. I’ve thought about it. Looking at the picture I’ve selected for this post’s header, I realize the rock path has no beauty, but if we raise our eyes to look beyond the rocks, we see the grandeur of the heavens and the mountains in the distance. We see what lies ahead. I believe that is exactly what God has in store for us in the future, albeit we are in many ways between the rock and a hard spot right now.
If you have read many of the posts here at ORCatholic, you know that untold numbers of people are praying for the truth to come out about our elections and for the soul of our nation, not only in America but all over the world. As one of our earliest presidents, John Adams, said – “Facts are stubborn things…” Our God is surely the most stubborn of all those things! The devotion I read today is precious, especially in this hour when those involved in the fight spiritually to keep our country free have come to that place St. Paul writes of – when you have done all else stand:
Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. ~ Ephesians 6:13
We are waiting for God to move and rescue us from what is fast becoming a true catastrophe for the American people during the past sixteen days of the Biden political show. Being girded in our spiritual armor, standing and standing – well, it almost seems like when our parents used to say, “Hurry up and get dressed! Sit down!” Somewhere in the Bible, it says that one day is as a thousand to God. We simply aren’t constructed in the same way.
When I read today’s devotion, I thought the scripture leading into it was to teach us about slowing down. However, the teaching is telling us God never tells us to stand, sit or be still unless He will do something.
Streams in the Desert – February 5
Ye shall not go out with haste (Isaiah 52:12).
I do not believe that we have begun to understand the marvelous power there is in stillness. We are in such a hurry–we must be doing–so that we are in danger of not giving God a chance to work. You may depend upon it, God never says to us, “Stand still,” or “Sit still,” or “Be still,” unless He is going to do something. This is our trouble in regard to our Christian life; we want to do something to be Christians when we need to let Him work in us.
Do you know how still you have to be when your likeness is being taken? Now God has one eternal purpose concerning us, and that is that we should be like His Son; and in order that this may be so, we must be passive. We hear so much about activity, maybe we need to know what it is to be quiet.
The Thing About Not Going Out In Haste…
The Word Wealth section pictured here is what prompts me to write this post. I think it is important to share simple insights into the character of our God. Why? Because I believe it pertains to America and mankind in this hour. I’ve been doing a lot of research lately, and I can tell you for certain that there is an astounding amount of activity for our good happening behind the scenes for the help of Americans and good people around the world. (Take the time and do some research!)
Researching alternative news sources or the Bible can help us uncover facts concerning our present times. I remember reading the verse from Isaiah 52. The prophet was not at all saying Israel wasn’t going to move forward into victory. In my favorite study Bible, Isaiah said, “For you shall not go out with haste, nor go by flight; for the LORD will go before you, and the God of Israel will be your rear guard.” In fact, the chapter is proclaiming victory for Israel.
redeemed – ga’al (Hebrew)
Strong’s Concordance– ransom, redeem, repurchase, to set free by avenging or repaying. Ga ’al refers to the custom of buying back something a person has loss through helplessness, poverty, or violence. Furthermore, the one who does the redeeming is often a close relative who is in a stronger position and buys back the lost property on behalf of his weaker relative.
Psalm 72 is universally understood as Speaking of the Messiah; verse 14 states, “He will redeem (Ga ’al ) the life of the needy from oppression and violence.” In Isaiah 52:9, God redeems Jerusalem, buying it back from its oppressors on behalf of His people. The biblical view of redemption is extremely wide, for God has pledged to redeem the whole creation, which currently groans in bondage (Romans 8:20-23).
When the real truth finally begins to surface about our elections and our nation’s current situation, we are going to see our God really is a God of great wonder and miracles. He is coming to the aid of all of us, including the helpless, those overwhelmed with poverty or violence. He will be exalted among the nations; he will be exalted in the earth!
God bless you always,
For those of you who enjoy a bit of praise and worship music, this song by Jesus Culture comes to mind in connection with this post – it’s entitled Move. I’ll share it here.
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