Daily Devotional

Psalm 46:10

“Be still, and know that I am God.”

I remember back to a day when my daughter was about four years old.  She burst into the house screaming that she had a splinter in her hand.  She was frantically jumping up and down screaming in pain in front of me. She was so frantic; she would not hold still for me to look at the offending splinter.  In order to be heard above her, I yelled, “Be still and Mama will help!”
I finally got a look at it.  It was big!  When my hubby handed me the sterilized needle, our daughter screamed even louder!  I yelled to her, “Let Mama help you! I know it hurts, but you will feel so much better after I fix it! Be still!”  It was all we could do to wrestle her still enough to get the needle out. When I finally got the hurtful splinter out, she let me cuddle her while she calmed down. Into her ear I gently spoke words of comfort and love. Of course, I did not forget the Mickey Mouse band aid!

When I think of Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God.” I can’t help but feel like my daughter with her splinter.  

I run frantically to God asking Him to fix my problem—it hurts!  Inside I jump up and down and screaming in pain.  I know God can fix my problem—but I am afraid of the cure!  The needle is so big!  He calls out to me to “Be Still”.  He is God and can fix my problem!  I still wrestle with God and resist His cure!  Yes, He has the cure! Be still! And let God fix it!  Then I hear his gentle words of comfort and love. His band aid is the calming peace He has deposited into my heart. I know that my Mighty God took care of me!

My prayer is that I always RUN to God with my hurts!  
My prayer is that I will be still so God can work on me! 
My prayer is that I will always know that He is the Mighty God!
My prayer is that I will thank Him when he deposits His peace in my heart!

FOR PARENTS:
1. Help your kids memorize Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know I am God.”
2. Next time they get hurt. Talk to them afterwards and teach them to talk to their Mighty God about their hurts. Just like they came to you with their hurts—they can go to God.
3. Point out to your kids that sometimes the hurts do not show on the outside—like a splinter.  Sometimes the hurts are in our hearts.  (Disappointment, fear, anger) Emphasize to them that their Mighty God is always ready to help.
4. Teach your kids to have a quiet time with God.  Pick a special place and schedule a routine time for them to be still with God.   
New Living Translation (NLT) Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.
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