Calm Down!

It’s summertime, the children are out of school, it is time for vacation, everything should be going according to plan. As we all know, that isn’t true. We always seem to think that the next “season” will be easier, will be calmer, but something always comes up that seems to make our worlds flip upside down.

While we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off, the Lord is just waiting for us to be still. Psalm 46:10 tell us, “Be still and know that I am God.” We are supposed to be still and pray, let God take care of our battles. God said, “Be still and know,” not “Freak out and question everything.” So, why is it so hard to just be still and trust God? Why do we begin to question everything and freak out?

The Bible tells us again in Exodus 14:14, “The Lord will fight for you; you need to only be still.” God always is in our corner, and he wants to be our champion. He wants to be the one to fight for you so that you will gain the victory. When our world is spiraling out of control, we sometimes forget to call on God, but that is exactly when we need to lean on Him the most. We must call on God for our every need. The Bible gives us the clear message that God not only goes to battle on our behalf, but he conquers the enemy. God has already won the battle.

In the midst of our freak-outs, we want to take revenge. We want to take matters into our own hands. We live in a world that makes us think that in order to succeed in this world, we always have to make sure the wrongs done to us are taken care of ASAP. That is amazingly unbiblical. Romans 12:19 says, “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay, ‘says the Lord.”

None of these verses imply however that we can just sit back and do nothing except wait on God to do everything for us. What the verses do tell us over and over again is that God’s ways are better than our ways, and God’s timing is always better than ours. God’s ways are perfect. While we are waiting for the Lord to fight our battles, we are to stay diligent. Continue to pray and show others that by having confidence in God, our faith is being strengthened. We should always stay confident in God’s ability to win the day, and be ready to act when He calls. God makes all things beautiful in His time. “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

So, stop freaking out! God will take care of you. God has promised to do so, and He always keeps His promises. Even when the world around us feels like it is crumbling, be still. Stop and pray and lean on your faith. Being strong in the faith brings others to know Christ. While we wait for the Lord to answer our prayers, continue to tell others about Christ and pray. God will make all things beautiful in His time.

This week’s recipe is a yummy enchilada dish but instead of tortillas, zucchini is used to wrap up all the delicious filling. It is a perfect way to use a summer vegetable and offers up a delicious and yummy dish. It is sure to be a family favorite!

“Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary; they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:30-31