In Touch Daily Devotional
by Dr. Charles Stanley
March 11, 2008 – Learning to Be Still – 1 Peter 4:12-13
Yesterday, we looked at Psalm 46:10, which instructs us to “cease striving” during times of difficulty. That scripture means we should stop trying to manipulate our circumstances and instead allow God to work. Now, understanding a verse is one thing, but putting it into action can be something else entirely. So just how is a believer to “be still”?
First, we must understand that the Lord is allowing our difficulties. If we believe that He is in control, then we must also believe He has permitted this event to happen.
Second, it may be hard to comprehend, but there is a purpose behind our trials, even when life seems confusing. God won’t allow hardship to come our way without good reason.
Third, since there is a purpose for our hardships, then they have the potential to be positive experiences. This doesn’t mean that everything will always work out perfectly, according to our own standards and plans. But it does mean that if we respond correctly, we may look back on the experience as a catalyst for growth in our spiritual walk.
Romans 8:28 says, “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” You may have heard this familiar verse many times. But in order to maneuver successfully through life’s storms, you must understand its truth. God hasn’t disappeared, and He isn’t ignoring us. He has a purpose in everything—even the most challenging of circumstances.
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