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Faith Filled Friday: God’s Invisible Providence

November 27, 2015

This was posted in the February 2015 issue of the Singing News magazine. It was on a page titled Connie’s Corner and written by Connie Hopper

It’s wonderful and easy to see God in the miraculous. It’s not so easy to see Him in the mundane. But that’s where most of us live. We live without seeing handwriting on the wall or hearing thunder from Sinai. We live with God not on center stage but, rather, directing unobtrusively from the wings. This is all the more reason why we need to be sensitive to His voice–so we can be aware of, and attentive to, the subtle ways in which He works.
Psalm 46 gives a terse command of only eight words; yet those eight simple words are revolutionary: “Be still, and know that I am God.” (v 10, KJV). The New American Standard Bible translates it, “Cease striving and know that I am God.” The Living Bible says, “Stand silent!” The Hebrew translation literally means, “Let go; relax.” This is definitely not the hour when men take kindly to an exhortation to listen. Listening today is not a part of popular religion. We are at the opposite end of the pole from there.
We seem to have accepted the heresy that noise, size, activity and bluster make a man dear to God. But we can take heart. To a people caught in the last great conflict, God says, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In Psalm 46, the world is being torn apart by earthquakes and tidal waves. Yet in the midst of that uncertainty. the psalmist discovers one thing he can count on: God. He can cease his striving because “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge” (v 11, KJV).
Perhaps the world around you is falling apart. You may be facing a life-threatening illness or major surgery. Your body may be twisted from pain. You may carry unbearable emotional stress home with you from work. If you’re a student, you may be buried under the books. Maybe you suffer the sharp pain of a fractured relationship, one you’ve tried to restore, but it won’t mend. Maybe your career or your job security is uncertain. Maybe there is a moral war you’re struggling with, and you’re already feeling the incriminating introspection brought on by defeat. Whatever mountains are crumbling around you, take the high ground and stop striving. Initially, be quiet. Listen to the whisper of God behind the roar of your circumstances. You can hear Him, even in the whirlwind; but you will have to be still and listen.
Then, ultimately, be convinced. Eventually, God will change your circumstances; but in the meantime, He wants to change you. Be assured that God is for you, not against you. Trust God. He is working behind the scenes for your highest good (Romans 8:28-30).

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I like how she listed several different versions of the same verse. I prefer the KJV myself. My favorite part is towards the end where she says to listen to God’s whisper behind the roar of circumstances. It made me think how often do we put God behind the problem.
As nurse, I was often in chaotic situations. I had to maintain my cool and keep my focus on the patient. Yet I regularly failed to apply that same principle to my daily life. Let the chaos reign! My philosophy has always been that when I make a mess, it’s up to me to fix it–like Lucy of the I Love Lucy show. After I made the problem worse, then I’d go to God. Since reading this I think I’ll put God in the foreground and start asking for His help from the get-go.

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