“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
In other words, “Chill out.” One of the things that I see over and over again is people who are in the midst of a crisis, who make it much worse by panicking. Sometimes we are like a rat on a pinwheel. We go around and around and we get nowhere. God wants to train us to quit re-acting and simply realize that we aren’t God, He Is!
You can, with the help of the Holy Spirit, learn to have peace in the midst of any storm by simply choosing to give it to God.
Most of the time when people counsel with me they are beside themselves over some problem. Nine times out of ten, they don’t really want counsel. They just want to vent to someone. I give donation based counseling, but some folks go to counselors that start at about 150.00 an hour. They spend big money, simply to vent. I say, that if you can learn to just “be still” in the midst of one crisis or the other in your life, you can save your money or give it to your favorite charity.
How do you start to change a lifetime of worry? One step at a time. One day at a time, and sometimes one hour at a time. I used to be, years ago, the queen of drama. I didn’t like having problems. It meant that something had happened that I could not control. I needed to be able to control things in my life because so much had happened by the time I was 35 years old that I couldn’t control. Control ,to me, was a way of feeling safe. Maybe it is for you too.
God brought one situation after another to me, until I finally realized that sometimes things will happen in this life that are beyond our best laid plans. These are the things that we can’t control and so we have to let them go and give them to God.
Doing that teaches us that God is more powerful then we are. He is “all powerful” and He is able to give us peace in the midst of lives storms by working out miraculous solutions. If we can then humble ourselves and admit that we are powerless in the situation, God comes in and gives us peace as He takes our burden and handles the problem.
Let me encourage you today to quit trying to solve the problems of your family, your friends and especially your grown children. If anyone is an adult, they should be able to handle their own problems. If they can’t then realize that God can’t work in the situation unless you let go of the person and let God do what He needs to do to mature that person.
Sometimes we love people so much that we can’t stand to see them in “need.” We need to learn that hard times are where we learn the best life lessons. If we don’t have hard times we don’t grow. People will remain forever dependent upon you if you can’t learn to let them face the consequences of their behavior.
I counsel with people who have grown children, parents, and friends who are ruining their lives with their problems. We waste precious energy trying to solve the problems of other adults. Most of the time the problems are a result of their own bad CHOICES.
Lets be honest with ourselves, if our loved ones keep having the same problems over and over, maybe something is wrong with THEM. God wants us to be still and realize that HE, GOD, needs to work out something that would be a whole lot easier to do if we just released the person and the problem to God.
This week practice listening to problems, but not trying to solve them. That is your first assignment in learning to BE STILL. God is God. He doesn’t need me or you to solve problems. That’s why we needed a Higher Power. There are just some things in life that are beyond our control.
When you listen to the problem, then forget about it. Yes, I said FORGET IT. Lay it at the foot of the cross and go on and live YOUR life.
I have a family member, that is constantly in crisis. Constant drama, and constant turmoil is the game this person plays. It used to bother me, but it doesn’t anymore. For years I helped the person, both financially and emotionally. Finally, I realized., that it was the person who had the problem. The person constantly makes impulsive decisions, based on emotions. The person needs God, the person will not find God as long as I continue to rescue them out of every negative situation. I didn’t grow emotionally until I had no help but God. Neither will this family member. Now, when the person calls, usually in one crisis or another, I listen and then pray for God to do what He needs to do to bring that person to the realization that they have a problem that can only be fixed by HIM. I am still now because I know that HE IS GOD. I am not GOD. You are not GOD. The sooner we can realize that the more peaceful our lives will be.
Someone needs to take the scripture above and put it on a post- it note. Look at it all day long, for as long as it takes for you to understand that God wants you to BE STILL, stop trying to solve another persons problems. He is God and nothing will change until you realize that and let the person and the situation go. It’s time for someone to grow up. Your constant rescuing of this person is not helping, God wants YOU to realize that today!
Father, we thank you today that you are God and we are not. We need someone bigger and stronger and much more intelligent than ourselves to solve these life problems. Thank you for giving us the strength today to let go and let you open a new door to peace in our lives. In Your Name, the Name above all names we pray. Amen and Amen.
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