Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. ~Psalm 46:10 (NASB)
“The command “cease striving” comes from the Hebrew imperative verb meaning “sink down, let drop, relax.” Most people quote this verse in a soothing, reassuring tone, like a serene invitation to enjoy the fellowship of God. It is, in fact, a rebuke . . .
“Hebrews 4:9 promises: “So there remains a Sabbath rest for the people of God.” In response to your realization of personal weakness, God has called you to “cease striving,” to end the perpetual, frenetic grind to overcome difficulties too big for you.
“Does this mean we should slip into neutral and do nothing? Hardly. It means we first enter that rest He has provided (Hebrews 4:11), and then face the situation without panic or strife. If He wants us involved, He will give our minds clarity, removing any doubt as to what we should do. Our responsibility is to enter deliberately into His invisible sanctuary of rest, to trust Him completely for safety and provision. That is our best preparation for battle; to be filled and surrounded by His Sabbath rest. It is amazing what that does to stop the grind of personal weakness.”
~Chuck Swindoll in Living the Psalms: Encouragement for the Daily Grind
Read the whole devotional here: http://www.insight.org/library/insight-for-today/cease-striving.html
Still in the pink,
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