Be Still and Stand Firm

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Be still, and know that I am God. —Psalm 46:10, NKJV

Today, I want us to examine Psalm 46:10 and see what it means to be still within the context of living through times of trouble and challenges. In Exodus, Moses told the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The LORD will fight for you” (Exodus 14:13, 14, NKJV).

This was spoken as the Egyptians marched after the Israelites just before they crossed the Red Sea. These were challenging times.

Some heard the promises of God through Moses but still doubted.

They complained and demanded to know why Moses had brought them out of Egypt. God was about to show His people that He was able to deliver them in any situation, no matter how challenging. All it required was for them to be still and stand firm, confident in the knowledge that God had their back. This promise has impacted my life profoundly over the past few years. There have been times I felt misunderstood.

I thought I needed to explain myself, yet the more I tried to explain, the more I was judged for questioning things and trying to have my voice heard.

God intervened by ensuring I was able to distance myself from certain people and situations. During those challenging times, I learned that when you keep silent and ask God to prevail in such toxic situations, He not only stands up for you but also fights for you.

What an awesome God! He loves us regardless of what other people think of us. I recently resigned from my job to take a position in a law firm to complete my theses. Many people questioned the wisdom of my decision, asking how I would make it financially. One person reminded me that “we are still dealing with a pandemic. The economy is weak; what if the law firm shuts down?” I said, “Do not worry my friend. I have faith in my God. I can assure you that soon you will hear my story testifying to the power of God and how He carried me through.” Let us be comforted in the knowledge that our Father loves us.

All we need to do is lean on His Word, spend time with Him in prayer, and develop our relationship with Him. He is faithful and will surely take care of all our needs.

Let us be still and stand firm!

Deborah Matshaya

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