17-7 A Mighty Fortress

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Listen to A Mighty Fortress is Our God

We will not fear, for God has willed
his truth to triumph through us.

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! (Ps. 46:10)

God will be magnified. The Bible proclaims it. The mind wants to believe it. The heart wants to know it. The spirit wants to verify it. Fear rejects it. To believe requires faith, faith requires trust, trust requires love, love requires knowledge, knowledge requires fellowship, fellowship requires time. Time with God requires stillness. In stillness the spirit verifies it.

We are a hurried people living in a troubled land. We desire to accomplish a work that can be accomplished only when we are still. The prophets, apostles, and saints understood that their work required stillness. Our hurried lives leave a multitude of truths not pondered, a world of pleasures not enjoyed, a plethora of beliefs not assimilated. If, in our hurried lives, we would stop and look to God Almighty, we would be far better armed against temptation. Fountains of unfading happiness would be opened to our thirsty soul. The fullest and deepest knowledge of God requires silence so it may sink into our soul. Our lives are directed by what our soul is convinced to be true.

In silence the mightiest forces of nature act; silently the trees put forth their branches and gain the strength that shall enable them to hurl back defeated the fury of a hundred storms; silently the harvests ripen under glowing sun; silently the great planets perform their measured march across the infinite fields of night. As in nature, so in mind. It is not in the noise of the street, not amid the clamorous calls of the market, but in the silence that the most splendid achievements of human genius have had their birth. What wonder, then, that God should demand silence as one of the needed conditions for the attainment of that supremest knowledge, that most transcendent power of which our poor humanity is capable — the knowledge that He is God? (Canon O’Meara.)

In stillness you will gain a clear knowledge of God; in the knowledge of God you will acquire a confidence in God. A clear knowledge of God requires unhurried time with God in His Word and in prayer. Does your day include moments of stillness where His truth can be imparted to your soul, where fear and doubt can surrender to faith and hope? The peace of God will overcome fear when you seek the Lord. Your Everlasting Father wants you to know stillness, to know peace, to know faith. He wants you to proclaim from the depths of your soul that “We will not fear, for God has willed his truth to triumph through us.”