Are you striving? Are you working hard for things that you just aren’t getting? Are you struggling, fighting, and exhausting yourself, trying to fix what’s wrong with yourself and improve your life? Trying to be there for those around you? Trying to be who you know you need to be?
We’ve all been there. We’re probably all there, in one way or another, right now. Be it peace, or love, or security, or acceptance, or anything else, we’re striving after something. We want these things so badly, and we’re struggling for them so hard.
In the end, we’re exhausted. But still, we keep trying.
I only have one “thing to remember” for this. It’s something that’s spoken powerfully to me recently. This one truth has been meaningful to people for centuries. It’s nothing you’ve never heard before. But this simply truth has the power to change our whole life.
Are you ready for it? Here it is:
Cease striving and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10
We are humans. We struggle. We strive. We work hard to fulfill ourselves, to feel safe, to get love, to be what we need to be. It’s in our nature.
As a result, we end up tired and weary and burdened and loaded down. We end up exhausted and discouraged. Because the truth is, we can’t do it.
But God! Look what God tells us.
Cease striving and know that I am God.
Another translation, perhaps the more widely known one, reads, “Be still and know that I am God.” This, too, is powerful, but I like the picture that “cease striving” brings to my mind. Too often, I’m striving. Hard. I’m exhausting myself, trying to do the things I was never made to do. Trying to fill God’s place.
I was blessed by looking at the original translation of this verse. The word translated “God” in this verse is “Elohim,” which is the word for Creator, and it also entails might and power.
Do you realize what that means for us?
That means that for everyone who’s ever felt insecure, we can stop trying to change and fix ourselves and our situations.
Cease striving and know that I am… Creator. If God is your Creator, then why do you strive? Why strive after looking better, being better? God has created you, and that means you can be still. Because God is Creator, you can rest in His wisdom when He made you, in His plans for His glory. You can trust that God will be faithful, and that you are, indeed, fearfully and wonderfully made.
That also means that for those of us who are loaded down with heavy burdens, we can let go.
Cease striving and know that I am… Mighty. If God is Mighty, then you can rest in Him. Let Him be your refuge and strength, as it says earlier in the Psalm. Let Him be your strong tower. Because your God is a mighty God, you can be still and rest in the knowledge that He has you in the palm of His hand. You can stop striving to fix your situation. You can stop striving to carry your heavy loads. You can just give them to your mighty God.
Lastly, that means that for those of us who struggle with feeling unloved or unaccepted, we can rest in the arms of our Savior God, the One who died to love us.
This is the same God of whom was said, “How precious is Your lovingkindness, O God!
And the children of men take refuge in the shadow of Your wings” (Psalm 36:7). You can rest in this God who loves you. Know that He loves you, and be still. Stop striving after love in other places, stop working to be accepted by other people, and simply be still before the God who loves you, oh, so much.
Do you see how this one truth, this one “thing to remember” has the power to change hearts and transform lives? And yet so many people (especially myself) forget it. We hurry on with our lives, we strive, we hurry, we struggle, and we forget to be still before our Creator, our mighty God, our loving Savior. We forget to remember this one truth that can change everything.
It reminds me of a lovely song by a woman named Laura Story, called “I Can Just Be Me.” The last line in the chorus beautifully sums up this post:
“Be my God, so I can just be me.”
The idea is that when we try to be God, we fail. But when we rest in who God is, we can simply be ourselves. When we remember all that God is, and all He’s done, we can be ourselves. Messy as we may be, we can rest in the knowledge that God is God.
This truth has spoken powerfully to me recently. I hope God will use it to speak to you, as well. I pray that everyone who reads this post would be encouraged to contemplate how it’s not us, but God. We can cease striving, because He is God.
God bless you all, and may He show Himself faithful. Until next time… 🙂
Any thoughts? Please comment! I’d love to hear from all of you!