“Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images…Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts…They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised.” ~Romans 1:22-25
There are so many things in the world that are bigger than me. This past week, I saw the hard truth of these verses in the life of a child, one of my 5th grade students. It is difficult and discouraging to see the power of SIN in the hands of Satan. Today I feel spiritually, mentally, and emotionally drained.
BUT there is life, power, and rejuvenation in the presence of the Lord. With all that I must accomplish this weekend, I realized that first I must be still before the Lord and let Him fill my weary soul. Though many Americans are not aware of it, we are in a constant spiritual battle, and it can be difficult and overwhelming. The busy-ness of the American lifestyle only serves to keep us from the quietness alone with Him that we need.
Psalm 46 portrays a world that is falling apart: the earth gives way, the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, the waters roar and foam, the mountains quake, YET the Lord says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In all the chaos, when everything seems to be falling apart, He is there and He is in control. “Come to Me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28) When I am tempted to feel overwhelmed by things I can’t control, I am thankful for a God whom I can trust to take care of it all.