“He says, ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'” Psalm 46:10
One of the aspects of God is that He is our defender. In the midst of the trials and storms we don’t have to worry or fear, we just have to be still and trust God. I know sometimes it is hard to see what He is doing, and sometimes we may even think we know a better solution, but I also know that when we wait on God, His ways are always the best.
Learning to Lean
I have experienced many trials and tribulations in my short life, but it was only when things got the darkest and I knew that only God could turn the situation around did I fully learn how to rest and be still in Him. The emotional pain of the trial was very real, but I continued to press into more of Him. I learned how to just be with Him and not worry about everything going on around me. If I was struggling with something, I would just tell Jesus. And then tell Him I knew He was bigger than whatever I was facing and needed His help to get through.
Gradually the emotional pain lessened, the offense and bitterness disappeared. I learned to just be with God, dwell with Him, praise Him, and worship Him. During those intimate times, God was so good to draw near to me, too. He provided me with such amazing visions of us together and wonderful promises of all He had in store for me. Gradually, too, my focus began to shift from the trial onto all that God was and is.
Having a Correct Focus
As I continue to focus on being intimate with the One who has called me His own, I want to always put my focus on all that He is. One day recently, I began writing down all of the wonderful aspects of God. While the list may never be complete, and still feels awfully small in comparison to His greatness, below are a few of the things I have written down about who God is. It is listed alphabetically, just because that is how I thought to map it out.
A: Amazing, Astonishing, Awesome, Always with me, Abiding Presence, Abundance
B: Beautiful, Breakthrough (God of), Brilliant
C: Compassionate, Constant, Comforter, Counselor, Creator, Confidence
D: Dazzling, Delightful, Deserving
E: Emmanuel (God with us), Everlasting
F: Faithful to Your word and promises, Father
G: Glorious, Good, Great, God, God Most High, Great Defender
H: Holy, Honest, Hope, Healther
I: Incredible, Indescribable
J: Jealous for me, Joyful, Jehovah
K: Kind, King
L: Loving, Lord, Light, Long-suffering
M: Mighty, Magnificent, Miraculous, My Song, Majesty, Marvelous, Merciful, Massive
N: Never will He leave us or forsake us, Nothing is impossible for Him
O: Omnipotent, One (The Lord our God is one God), Overcomer
P: Powerful, Praiseworthy, Prince of Peace, Protector, Provider
Q: Quick to come to my aid
R: Refuge, Refreshing, Reigning Victorious, Righteous, Rest, Redeemer, Rescuer
S: Strong Tower, Savior, Splendor, Shield, Shelter
T: Thought of me (Ps. 139), Tenderhearted
V: Victorious, Vindicator
W: Wonderful, Wonderful and greatly to be praised
X: eXtravagant, eXcellent, eXalted
Y: You are……
Z: Zoe (life of God)
Remember Him Today
Take time today to praise Him, to worship Him, to just be still and know that He is God. He has it all taken care of. He loves you with such an amazing love that is hard to imaging just how great it is, as nothing on this earth can compare. Know Him, be with Him, draw near to Him, and love Him!!!
Too many times we falsely accuse God for what we face or what we have gone through when the whole time He is there just wanting to love us, heal us, and be with us. Today take time to begin to dwell and declare how wonderful God really is. Feel free to use the above list and allow Him to speak new things to you about His nature.
Defender is only on part of His nature!!!!
Stephanie Haley ~