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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

"Down By The Riverside"

Rules for Rearing Children - 2“God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46: 1, 10



This Psalm was the inspiration to Martin Luther's great hymn "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God." I truly love to sing that old hymn. The Psalm was written in connection about the great deliverance of Jerusalem from the Assyrians (2 Kings 18-20). Please take the time to read the account of this deliverance. It will bring encouragement to your heart today.

When our world is changing, and it seems everything is falling apart, focus your attention on God! He is with you (His presence); He is a refuge (His protection); He helps you (His power). Your whole world might be falling apart around you (vs. 2, 3), but He has a river for you to find peace by (vs. 4)! You might be in the middle of a fierce battle in your life, but He will always end the war victoriously (vs. 8, 9).

The lesson here is this: When everything seems to be changing and convulsing, and obstacles and battles are about us, Be still!! That means, take your hands off, relax, and let God do what He does. Don't interfere with the work of God. You can't stop mountains from falling, and the ground being pulled out from under you, but God can! He has a shady place next to a clear, cool river called Peace, and He wants you to sit still, relax and let Him handle it for you. If you will trust Him enough to be still, then He will know that you know that He is God. If you have anxiety, stress, and schemes, then you really don't believe your God is God. You think you have to fix all the problems when the truth is that God wants you to rest in His strength.

At times when life was uncertain, God gave these admonitions:

1. "Be still" - Psalm 46:10
2. "Stand still" - Exodus 14:13
3. "Sit still" - Ruth 3:18

Why don't you spread a blanket here on the banks of the river Peace, and rest a little while? Our God will be along after a while and He will fix or fight on your behalf. He knows what He is doing. His timing is always perfect (vs. 5). When it is all over, He will be exalted (vs. 10), and you will be blessed. "Wait, I say, on the Lord."

Study verses: Ps. 40:1, 17; 42:1, 8; Phil. 4:6, 7

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Previous devotions

"Thank You, Jesus!" - July 4, 2012
"Modern Day Sodom" - June 27, 2012
"Keeping What Has Been Committed" - June 13, 2012
"The Pause That Refreshes" - June 6, 2012

"The Sin of Idleness" - May 30, 2012
"Remembered" - May 23, 2012

"Graduating Diamonds" - May 16, 2012
"Mom-Others" - May 9, 2012
True Motherhood - May 2, 2012

What Missions Means to Me - April 25, 2012
The King and the Witch - April 18, 2012

Rules for Rearing Children (Part 4) - April 11, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 3) - April 4, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 2) - March 28, 2012
Rules for Rearing Children (Part 1) - March 21, 2012

Gullible Christians - March 14, 2012
Tenacity - March 7, 2012
Above the Storm - February 29, 2012
The Principal Thing - February 22, 2012
The Greatest Valentine - February 15, 2012
He First Loved Us - February 8, 2012
Real Love - February 1, 2012
Pardon Your Enemies - January 25, 2012
Applause - January 18, 2012
Finish! - January 11, 2012
Meeting New Goals - January 4, 2012
Meeting New Goals - December 28, 2011
The Word Made Flesh - December 21, 2011
Sonship - December 14, 2011
Fruit in Old Age - December 7, 2011
Dangers of Multi-tasking - November 30, 2011
Ingratitude - November 22, 2011
"Wash! Wash! Wash!" - November 16, 2011
"The Pastor" - November 9, 2011
"Value of a Name" - November 2, 2011

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