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Cease striving

“Cease striving and know that I am God” (Ps 46:10)

This translation of Ps 46 (NASB) brings on a whole new meaning to the familiar passage, “Be still and know that I am God.” Somehow, “be still” doesn’t quite carry the same weight as “cease striving”. We are a striving nation, a striving people, striving individuals. Striving is worshipped and praised in our culture. God shows up in the midst of our busyness and running around and say’s, “stop, quit it, calm down, it’s going to be ok.”
To cease striving means that there has to be a shift in thinking, a shift from believing that we are the initiator. God is always the initiator, we are the responder. He is the lead horseman, we are his rider. To cease striving means that we take the problems of the world and our own lives off of our shoulders and let Jesus bear them. The Father wants to be intimately involved in our lives, but his hands are tied unless we will cease striving. The only way that I have found to do this is to be still long enough each morning to remember who I am. To reflect on the truth that this is all about God and not about me, that He is the hero of this story, and I belong to Him.

Prayer: Oh Father, there is no way that I can cease striving without you. I need your help today to resist the temptation to do life on my own.

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