Google+ 06/11/13 Turn Up the Voice of God!!!

Psalm 46:10-11

 

“Be still, and know that I am God!   I will be honored by every nation.
 I will be honored throughout the world.”

The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.

 

Our Scripture today is very simple, but critical to our daily Christian walk.  Most people interpret this phrase to mean that we all should be quiet.  That is an incorrect understanding of this passage.  Our lives can be very noisy because we live in the world.  Notice I did not say loud, I said noisy.  We have talked before through these devotions about how people try to derail us as we follow God's will.  In the world, there are constant interruptions.  We need to learn how to deal with these interruptions in a Godly fashion, or we will never get anything done for God.  The fact that there is a term in our world called "crisis management" speaks volumes.  These kinds of situations occur when we let ungodly thoughts permeate our lives and when we act on daily interruptions that steer us away from God's will in our lives.  Jesus experienced this.  The Pharisees and the Sanhedrin were constantly questioning His actions and beliefs.  If we use Jesus as our example, we discover that with God and these kinds of situation, less is always more.  Remember during the last week of Christ's life, He was asked the same ridiculous question over and over again.  All the non-believers were discussing whether Christ was truly a King.  Jesus, through His divinity, continued to resist His human desire to engage these people and prove how wrong they were.  Jesus was being still and knowing who God was.  Sometimes, being still does really mean finding a quiet place to commune with God, away from the noise of the day.  Other times, being still simply means using our Godly restraint and avoiding those that constantly get in the way of God's will in our lives.  Yes, I said that out loud, but that is exactly what Jesus did.  During the later part of His earthly ministry, Jesus stayed away from the city and the people who sought to destroy Him.  Jesus brought the people to Him in the mountains, far away from the "noise" of the city.  As you step out into the "noisy" world today, remember that God calls us to be still.  Please notice that David includes the phrase that speaks about the Lord of our Heavenly armies.  He also tells us that when we become still and realize who God is, we will find Him to be our fortress and refuge.  This gives us a place to run, so put one foot in front of the other and go to God, whenever you experience too much "noise."  The world thrives on noise so that no one can hear God.  All of us need to tune out the world and "Turn Up the Voice of God!!!"