Mug MondayIt’s Mug Monday! Join me each week through the summer to see the featured mug (some mine, some yours, & some borrowed). We will seek to make some sense out of the wisdom or humor written on its side. Pull up a chair and join me in a cup of coffee!

You’ve seen it happen in the movies. When a physical disaster strikes, everybody starts running. They may run to safety. Or run to help. Or just run away. But almost everybody runs.

When trouble of various kinds hits our lives we want to run too. Run for help. Run to safety. Run to fix things. Or just run away.

But today’s wisdom from the side of a coffee mug reminds us what God wants us to do in times of trouble.

“Sit.” This mug reminds me of Psalm 46:10:

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Be still This verse has often challenged me to not allow the busyness and distractions of life to spend slow, intimate time with God. To meditate on His Word and allow His Spirit to pierce my soul with a deeper knowledge of who He is.

And I should apply the verse this way.

But there is far more application to be made from this well known passage. Let’s look at it in its context – the 46th chapter of the book of Psalms – to get the bigger truth. The psalmist David described times of trouble:

Though the earth gives way, though the mountains fall into the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains quake… we will not fear.

Why? Why should we not fear even though everything is falling down around us?

Because God is our refuge and strength, an every-present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1).

Because God is with us and with help us; He will not let us fall (Psalm 46:5).

And what does God tell us to do in the midst of trouble?

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

When trouble comes, when hard times hit, when trials overwhelm us… let us stop. We can rest in the knowledge that the LORD Almighty is with us. He is our refuge and strength. Our ever-present help.

Be still. And know God the God who is able is also on your side. Be still and know.

Do you face trouble today? Do you need to stop running and remember that God is able?

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