The Lord has given my wife, Sharon, a vibrant and challenging ministry in a nearby community. She works long and hard with many young (and sometimes older) women who are frequently in the clutches of a crisis pregnancy. For the Christmas season, Sharon wrote a devotion to share with her many clients as well as for her staff, volunteers, board, and the community. After reading her material, I decided it was too good not to be shared with a broader audience. Today, you are that audience. I hope you enjoy and are directed and encouraged by her words as much as I have been. May you have a truly Merry Christmas! Blessings—Pastor Dennis
Be Still and Know that I Am God
For many people December is a mixed bag of emotions. The stress of doing too much, expecting too much, and even feeling too much can be overwhelming. Shopping (especially with little money), planning the perfect Christmas (what does that even mean), and struggling over why we feel so strongly about EVERYTHING (right or wrong) can keep our minds racing and bog us down with negativity. Meaning all well, we drive ourselves into a place that it is difficult to really enjoy anything.
Couple all the stress with a year of uncertainty due to the pandemic, and we can feel the turmoil rising in us. We may find ourselves not sleeping, not eating, not exercising, or even not loving like we should. That is where God’s word has a message for us, especially now:
Be still, and know that I am God . . . (Psalm 46:10a)
His (God’s) word reminds us who He is and calls us to worship in awe. Be still and remember who God is, be still and stop fearing, be still and see what God is doing, be still and acknowledge His greatness, be still and know God is with you . . . now spread the knowledge of who He is! [Excerpt from the article What Does ‘Be Still and Know That I Am God’ Really Mean?]
So how can you put this into effect in your life? Slow down, spend more time with God this holiday season, and share His love with others. He will take care of the rest. If you are a child of God, your future is already secure no matter what environment you may be living in on earth—busyness, stress, exhaustion—God has already secured your soul as a believer of Jesus Christ.
If you do not know the Lord Jesus as your Savior, ask what you need to do to know Him. It is really very simple and does not cost you anything. The reward far outweighs the investment.
So, this season, be still and recognize God. See what He has to offer. Seek what you are missing. Most importantly, be still and know God.
Sharon Wingate, Executive Director
Rockingham Pregnancy Care Center