Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a helper who is always found in times of trouble. 2 Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas, 3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with its turmoil. . .
7 The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold
8 Come, see the works of the Lord, who brings devastation on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease throughout the earth. He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces. . .
10 “Stop your fighting—and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 Yahweh of Hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.Selah
The Holy Spirit brought this psalm to mind this morning as I was crying in prayer. This weekend has been tough, but rather than “giving in” I have been “fighting” — trying to push my brain just a little more. Phrases like “don’t give up” or “no pain no gain” have been roaring through my consciousness. Even Philippians and “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” And yet. . .
It is Monday morning and I can barely see. I can’t focus my eyes to read. My eyes hurt and itch at the same time. I can’t concentrate. My mind is on the verge of panic. It’s as bad a “brain flare” as I have had.
It is time for me to stop my fighting, and trust God. The One who has numbered every one of my days (Psalm 139) is not surprised or disappointed in me. Today is a day to rest. Today is a day to let the Spirit bring to mind His Word that I have stored in my heart so that I may not sin against Him. Psalm 119:11. Today is a day to trust that sometimes the “all things” God gives strength for is to be still and to rest.