Stop. Stand still. Acknowledge God. Know God.

The unexpected moment occurred last night. An emergency of sorts changed the course of the following hours. I’m always taken back by the fragility of life and how everything and anything changes in one moment. But. How we get through these moments is determined by our response.

If, we acknowledge God, refusing to freak out, we will experience a standstill moment when we know God is in control.

Consider what happened after Joshua prayed during a battle:
On the day the LORD gave the Amorites over to Israel, Joshua said to the LORD in the presence of Israel:
“Sun, stand still over Gibeon,
and you, moon, over the Valley of Aijalon.”
So the sun stood still,
and the moon stopped,
till the nation avenged itself on its enemies,
as it is written in the Book of Jashar.
The sun stopped in the middle of the sky and delayed going down about a full day. There has never been a day like it before or since, a day when the LORD listened to a human being. Surely the LORD was fighting for Israel! (Joshua 10: 12-14, NIV).

Joshua was in a life and death battle. Minutes ticked away. Joshua knew he needed more time. His prayer reveals he trusted the reality of the authority and power of God.  He did not rely on his own ability or crumble under the pressure of the moment. And.

The sun stood still and the moon stopped, when he acknowledged the authority and power of God through prayer.

When you get down to it, uncertain moments do not determine the course of our life, but how we respond.  Joshua, himself, needed to stop, stand still, and acknowledge the presence and power of God.  And.  He did, praying with astonishing faith.

Pray with astonishing faith:

  • Stop.
  • Stand still.  Acknowledge God.  Know God. (Psalms 46:10).
  • Believe God is in control, with you, fighting for you, and will not fail you.
  • Breathe. Relax.  

God, who makes the sun stand still and stops the moon, is committed to you, remaining with you in every moment, making all things possible, and doing far more than what you could ever imagine.

Learning to Kickstart the day by stopping, standing still, acknowledging, and knowing God,
(written by Kerrie Carlisle Palmer © 2012 ALL RIGHTS RESERVED)

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