Daily Bread - April 7, 2020 (The Fifth Day - Genesis 1:20-23)
Written by Pastor Mark Spitsbergen
Thursday, 07 May 2020 14:23
Psalm 46 - God is our refuge and strength very present in distress.
Therefore, we will not be afraid of the changes in the Earth, or in its
shaking the mountains into the heart of the seas; though its waters rage
and foam, its mountains heave with its swelling. Selah. There is a river
whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy tabernacles of the Most
High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be shaken; God will help
her at the break of dawn. The nations rage, the kingdoms shake; He uttered
His voice, the earth melted. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob
is our security. Selah. Come, behold the works of Yahoah; what desolation
He has made in the Earth. He makes wars to cease throughout the Earth; He
breaks the bow and snaps the spear; He burns the chariots in the fire. Be
still and know that I am God exalted among the nations, exalted in the
Earth. Yahoah of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our security. Selah.

Part 2 ~ Being Still

The Hebrew word we translate "be still" may also be translated "relax." The
God of our salvation and deliverance is saying, "Come, find rest for your
souls." (Matthew 11:29; Jeremiah 6:16). The Shepherd and Bishop of our
souls will protect and defend us; He will never leave nor forsake us. He
will calm the storms that would rage against us and will continually say,
"Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid" (John 14:27).

Whatever calamity you may be facing, or desperate situation you may find
yourself in, just stop and listen and hear the Lord say, "Relax, be still."
As He said to Moses and to the people of Israel when they were faced with
the Red Sea on one side and the armies of Egypt on the other, He will say
to you today: "Be still - for the Lord will fight for you" (Exodus
14:13-14). Let your heart be comforted with the same words of assurance God
comforted the heart of Jehoshaphat with, when Jahaziel prophesied saying,
"Stand still... for the Lord will be with you" (2 Chronicles 20:14-17). It
is in this stillness and confidence that you will find His strength (Isaiah
30:15). If these men had been unwilling to trust the Lord, then there would
have been a lost opportunity for God to be exalted among the nations, and
exalted in the Earth. Let there be no lost opportunities among us.
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