“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).
This verse is often quoted to people who are going through difficult times, but let’s look at the context of this verse and see what we can learn. This Psalm was written by the Sons of Korah. Their forefathers had rebelled against Moses in the wilderness. The Lord immediately “spoke to Moses saying… “Get away from the dwelling of Korah, Dathan and Abiram. And fire came out from the Lord and consumed the 250 men offering the incense [strange fire]” (Numbers 16:24, 35).
Out of tragedy, the sons of Korah were not consumed and wrote, “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (Psalm 46:1). God may bring severe and sudden judgment on those who dishonor Him, but at the same time, He is protection to those who fear Him. This made them invite others like you and me to “Come, behold the works of the Lord” (46:8).
Whatever God does or allows to happen, He intends to “be exalted among the nations.” If we take that perspective, we will see Him open doors for the gospel where they seem closed. This is His purpose and He wants us to be available instruments for His use.
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