“But those who suffer he delivers in their suffering; he speaks to them in their affliction.” Job 36:15
Did you ever wonder why the shower is the place where ideas filter through, insights pop up
and solutions seem to appear?
That happened to me the other day. I turned off the faucet and my mind took off in a strange direction.
How lovely it would be if we could shut off the shower of problems in life. What if we could stop the downpour of demands? And what if we pushed the knob and turned off the hard stuff that keeps coming down on us?
But as a woman once told me: “Life ain’t like that, honey.”
She’s right. Life is certainly not that easy. But the living god is easy on us when we are wet with worry and anxiety. I found a powerful message, tucked in a verse in the book of Psalms: “Be still and know that I am God.” Like me, you might have read it hundreds of times. But when I heard it recently, two words leaped out and made me smile.
The words are: “I am.” What a delicious notion of the present, the now, the moment. What a powerful promise that He is the God who is indeed present in our current situation. He is active in this moment of insecurity. He is in control of this minute’s pain. And when we’re dripping with stress, He offers the soft towel of reassurance. The comfort that being still in His presence brings. And the confidence that He is God of all.
“I am God” he says. In turn, I am, believing. I am trusting and delighting in His promise. I am counting on the guarantee that at this moment He’s delivering us from all suffering. Right now, He’s speaking to us in our affliction, reassuring us when all falls apart, and whispering, “Be still and know that I am God.”
About Janet Perez Eckles
Janet Perez Eckles imparts in her audiences a path to triumph over life’s heartaches. And with a refreshing blend of engaging stories and a touch of humor, she illustrates the journey to victory at Christian organizations, retreats and colleges. Although blind, she teaches her readers and audiences how to see the best of life. Her four books and keynote presentations have been called, “transformational.” International audiences and numerous media outlets such as 700 Club and Focus on the Family (Hispanic community) have featured her profound experiences.
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