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  • Writer's pictureSue Bowles

Correction to 8/24 post – it’s in the words

I had a WONDERFUL conversation w/ a friend yesterday that really ministered to my spirit and encouraged me. And I need to correct my 8/24 post about ‘shut up and deal.’

At the end of the post I commented ‘or to make it sound spiritual…’ and shared some verses. But the words I used in my post, while revealing an attitude and the manner in which I sometimes summarize things to myself – more than anything else, revealed a poor choice of words to share publicly because not everyone realizes the foundation from which it was made. I’m sorry for painting a wrong picture for you.

The best way for me to look at the issues with my foot – to keep the focus where it belongs – is to simply say I need to ‘be still and know.’ You see…the other phrase of ‘shut up and deal’ can put the focus on myself – that I have to handle the situation and that I can’t change it. And there is truth to that. HOWEVER…there is a greater truth at work and THAT is where I want my focus to be – along with anyone who reads this.

The greater truth at work is that my job is to rest in His will and to KNOW that He IS God. He knows. He has allowed. He has entrusted this challenge to me for His good will and His purpose — which I may never know. And instead of letting myself get discouraged or frustrated or even angry, I need to simply obey His words when He says ‘cease striving and KNOW that I am God.’ THAT puts the focus where it belongs – for myself and others. It demonstrates in whom I place my trust, my confidence, my faith, my life, my circumstances. My job is to simply rest and trust.

PSA 46:10 “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

EZE 39:28 “Then they will know that I am the Lord their God because I made them go into exile among the nations, and then gathered them again to their own land; and I will leave none of them there any longer.

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