4 Reasons To Be Still {& Calm Your Anxious Heart}

Through the years I have always come back to Psalm 46 in order to calm my anxious heart.

The command to be still and know that the Lord is God is a direct assault on our tendency to worry and fear. In the midst of pain or uncertainty our minds are quick to go in a million directions making up one worst-case scenario after another. It is exhausting. It’s easy to take our eyes off of Jesus when we find ourselves in hard circumstances or see the potential for difficult times. As Peter discovered this guarantees our sinking.

 

Be still—and know that I am God!
Psalm 46:10

I am prone to worry, are you?

That worry usually leads to stress, bad night’s sleep, and sometimes bad attitudes towards my family. Through the years I have always come back to Psalm 46 in order to calm my anxious heart.

Here are some things I have learned . . . .

4 Reasons to Be Still

Be Still – Don’t Worry

The command to be still and know that the Lord is God is a direct assault on our tendency to worry and fear. In the midst of pain or uncertainty our minds are quick to go in a million directions making up one worst-case scenario after another. It is exhausting. It’s easy to take our eyes off of Jesus when we find ourselves in hard circumstances or see the potential for difficult times. As Peter discovered this guarantees our sinking. (Matt. 14:22,23)

But looking to the Lord who is real, and whose Word is true is what puts solid ground beneath our feet.

The best thing to do when our kids are being difficult or serious illness invades our homes is to quiet our minds and still our thoughts. How? Do you know the promises that God has made to you? Do you really know what it means for God to be with you and for you?

When God says we must know him as God he means we must trust Him and what He has said, then we can be still.

Be Still – Don’t Complain

How many times have you told your kids not to complain? Yea, me too!

But truthfully I think as adults we complain more than our children and it is ugly.  The complainer tells God that what his Hand has given is not good enough. Who are we to accuse God of something like that? We act as though our wisdom and knowledge is so spectacular that God Himself would do well if He listened to us. This is not boldness on our part, but the highest form of foolishness.

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