Be Still My Soul
There is always something constructive for us to do in every phase of our lives as we wait for the Lord to visit us and relieve our situation. The opposite of constructive is destructive. We are either building or destroying. Making our lives better or worse. It is said that “an idle mind is a devil’s worship.” Therefore, we must engage in spiritual exercises that will build up our most holy faith.
Jude 20 “But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.” Building up your faith is full-time work that revolves around every angle of life. This spiritual construction occurs on the job, in our homes, around our families, and as we deal with our inner conflicts. Work on your relationship with God regardless of what is outside your control. You cannot control the weather; you cannot control your relationship with others; however, you have a say in your relationship with God. Let that control be your peace. Keep yourself in the love of God and keep looking for His mercy which is dependable to those who love him.
Life, with its troubles, will always try to sound out and drown God’s love, including his mercy. “Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written: “For Your sake we are killed all day long; We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us” (Romans 8:35-37).
Taking control of life’s exteriors and outward things can be like chasing the wind. Yet we have the commandment of God to take control of our spiritual lives. That we might be built up spiritually. Psalm 131:1-3 “LORD, my heart is not haughty, Nor my eyes lofty. Neither do I concern myself with great matters, Nor with things too profound for me. Surely I have calmed and quieted my soul, Like a weaned child with his mother; Like a weaned child is my soul within me. O Israel, hope in the LORD From this time forth and forever.” What can we do about the great matters of life and the things that are too profound for us? Yet what can I do for my soul? Psalm 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The child of God is capable of growing and building up their most holy faith in every season of life. Let every season be yours. It belongs to us as we pray in the Holy Spirit, keep ourselves in the love of God, and continue to look for God’s mercy.
© May 7, 2023, Courtney Henderson