Whisper down the wind
Sunday, March 11, 2007
1 Corinthians 10:10-13
If you think you are standing firm, be careful that you don't fall. No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.
I forget this promise over and over, so I'm glad to be reminded of it today. There is nothing in this world with the power to move me away from God. He always provides a path toward himself. He does that for me and for each of us.
Paul places great value on simply standing (Ephesians 6). Often that's all I can do. And that's enough. Satan's question rings out on every front: "Does you really think God cares about you? You're so small and insignificant. You have no power in the universe. Does God notice you? Does He know you? Does He care about you? Does He love you? How could He love you? Love you?
I might whisper with just a wisp of conviction, but the words are there to say: "Yes, He does." The words put me a step further along that path God has made. I don't need to know how I'll make the next step. This "waiting" for the strength and wisdom to move ahead might be difficult, but it's often the best thing for me to do. It's much better than acting on my own.
God's assurance can quiet my thoughts. This afternoon I am very tired, and my mind circles and fades rather than settling into a thought and resolving it. I feel out-of-control, fuzzy, a little confused. Small problems feel like big ones. But in an accessible place just beyond my anxiety, God whispers to me and promises that none of this is of any consequence.
"Do not be afraid.
"Be still and know.
"Be still and know that I am.
"Be still and know that I am God."
Let me settle for awhile in the eye of the storm, Lord, and hear in that vast silence the only voice worth listening to ... yours.