Thursday, March 13, 2014

Morning Psalm: 50 | Evening Psalms: 59, 60, 46
Genesis 39:1-23 | 1 Corinthians 2:14—3:15 | Mark 2:1-12
 
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
 
As we read Psalm 46 I am sure that many of us resonate with the chaotic situation described there. Our world is rocked by the evidence of Creation’s groaning for the restoration of the Kingdom of God. With wars and rumors of wars, typhoons, super storms, and the internal struggles within our church communities we can easily see how desperately we and our friends and neighbors need our Savior Jesus.
 
I was struck by the stark contrast that verse 10 presents within the overall flow of Psalm 46 “Be still, and know that I am God.” It seems to me it is only possible to be still when we know that we know that God is indeed God. God is not a theological concept, God is not an icon that we have developed that we are willing to give our allegiance to, God is not the final weapon that we can use to justify our behavior and attitudes to or against our brothers and sisters in the kingdom. The Living God is only truly God of our lives when we are willing to trust Him with the circumstances and realities of our own lives.
 
Paul, in the second chapter of his First Letter to the Corinthians, challenges those who have accepted Christ to reflect CHRIST in the living of their lives and in their relationships with those around them. BE STILL!
 
In Mark 2 Jesus quietly and with authority speaks to the paralytic (in response to the faith, courage, and belief of his friends) and also to the Scribes and basically says BE STILL! I AM GOD.
 
What opportunities will we have today and in the days to come to examine how we are truly showing the world, desperate to know it, that we are able to BE STILL.
 
Lord Jesus Christ, You stretched out Your arms of love on the hard wood of the cross that everyone might come within the reach of Your saving embrace: So clothe us in Your Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know You to the knowledge and love of You; for the honor of Your name. Amen. (3rd Prayer for Mission, BCP p. 101) 
 

  

Mike Floyd
MDiv Student
Toledo, OH
(Wollongong, Australia)

    

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