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"God is God"

October 7, 2003

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"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10

Ours is a noisy age. Radios blare. Telephones jangle. Brakes squeal. Planes roar. Machines grind. That may be a factor, more potent than we realize, in making ours such a tense, restless, nervous, and neurotic age.

Whatever the reason, or reasons, we are highstrung and excitable. A trifling upset becomes a major catastrophe. A minor disappointment takes all the joy out of life for weeks. A shrinking world has tightened the noose of apprehension. Worries and fears have multiplied. Life is intolerably fast. There are times when rage and frustration almost make us scream.

Through all this feverish turmoil and confusion rings the commanding voice of God: "Be still." All our fretting serves no purpose. All our anxieties merely raise blood pressure. God still is God. He rules and controls. We are His children. His pardoning love is sure. The cross is its eternal guarantee. "He who did not spare His own Son" (Romans 8:32) will never fail nor forsake us. Whatever happens must be for our good. So He has promised. Though He slay us, yet will we trust Him.

Whenever we read His Word or go to His house to worship Him, He will speak to us words of cheer and peace, of hope and strength. What a privilege to be the children of a God who is God!

PRAYER: O Father in heaven, speak peace to my soul and pardon to my heart, and give me rest through Jesus Christ, my Redeemer. Amen.

(Taken from "Words of Promise," copyright 1996 (out of print), Concordia Publishing House. For information on other devotional materials, call 1-800-325-3040.)

Today's Bible Readings: Hosea 1-4    Romans 14

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