"Be still, and know that I am God..." (Psalm 46:10)
Years ago, I had a Rottweiler, and one of his favorite things to do was to play tug-of-war. He was exceptionally good at it! He would not let go! It didn't matter what I would do to try and distract him, how hard I would pull, or how long I would stand there putting tension on that rope toy; He was not going to relent! He was tenacious!
Tenacity is being able to grip something firmly; it is determination; it is persistence. "Tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. Tenacity is more than hanging on, which may be but the weakness of being too afraid to fall off (or let go.)" (Oswald Chambers)
To "Be still," requires tenacity. The tenacity is depicted by the comma we find after the words "Be still,"; a comma is a pause, it is put there to make you take a breath before moving on. Pausing spiritually requires patience, and waiting for God is one of the greatest strains in life. It is only in the 'being still' that we come to "know that He is God." It is in the comma that our true tenacity is seen. Will we hold on when the tension on our rope is so strong that our spiritual jaw hurts, when our muscles are fatigued from the strain of gripping onto that promise with everything that we have? Will we hang on fiercely as time ticks on while we wait for the silence to break, for the answer to come, for the healing to be manifested, for the forgiveness to flow?
And it is only after we have held on persistently that we come to 'know that He is God.'
As we wait, He speaks. As we wait, He works. As we wait, He loves. As we wait, He transforms. As we wait, He becomes. He becomes the rope that we are holding onto, He becomes the tension on the other end, He becomes the strength of our jaw, He becomes our stillness. It is in this tenacious patience that He reveals that He "is all, and in all." (Colossians 3:11)
Be tenacious! Never give up! Take hold of Him with everything you've got and don't let go, and you will know God in ways you never imagined you could!
"Happy is the man that finds wisdom, and the man that gets understanding. She is a tree of life to them that lay hold upon her: and happy is everyone that retains her." (Proverbs 3:13,18)
It's all grasping
laboring for what isn't real
It's all striving
pulling at what we hope to feel
It's all futile
hiding from the truth
It's all wasted
digging to find proof
The evidence is lacking
the search ends in vain
All that we are holding
nothing but loss and pain
Why do we not get it?
Why do we constantly refuse?
Why do we dig through garbage
for the thing we cannot lose?
Lay upon the altar
let the fire consume
Until all is dust and ashes
the burning embers of you
When you are ready to be offered
When all becomes sterility
He will come and He will prove
to be all you ever dreamed that He would be...
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Anne Marie Hawke
qUIET IN CHAOS
Quiet in Chaos is a blog about nothing, everything, and all things inbetween…it’s a space, an ellipsis, a deep pause. Life can be chaotic, and often needs more moments of quiet…So join me as I share and give through the written word, the place I find my Quiet in Chaos…