Stop

“Stop [your fighting] — and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

Why is it necessary for us to “stop our fighting” in order to know God’s power and presence in our lives? The Lord certainly wants us to exert ourselves in His service, but can this effort (no matter how feeble) also blind us to His involvement?

Let me illustrate it this way. Have you ever been on a moving sidewalk? With just a little effort on your part, you can speed your way through an airport and past your fellow travelers. One can’t help but feel a little more powerful and perhaps even a little smarter in the process. You might even … for a moment … forget that the true power is in the sidewalk itself. Of course, the moment that you stop walking you realize just the opposite. It really wasn’t you.

We need to make it a regular practice to stop and rest in the power of God. If not, we should not be surprised if God applies the brakes Himself. Independence is a dangerous attribute and leads to idolatry. Yet, when we stop striving, we know Him … acknowledge Him … and ultimately, worship Him.

In the name of God, stop a moment, cease your work, look around you. – Leo Tolstoy

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