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Stay Calm

on August 16, 2013

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You have probably seen the “keep calm” pictures on Facebook, Instagram and other social media. What does it really mean? If you type the phrase into Google, you will find that the slogan goes all the way back to World War II. It was introduced as a British public safety poster to strengthen morale during wartime. However, for me, the saying has a spiritual connotation.

One of my favorite past times while reading my Bible is breaking down scriptures into simplicity to help me apply it to my life. Actually prior to doing a little background on the slogan, I searched out calmness in my Bible.

At the time of this particular Bible study, I was struggling with a personal relationship with another believer. As I grow older, it bothers me how people believe they are justified in their critical, condescending, and judgmental natures about other Christians. Let’s be real- women can be especially prideful and belittling in this manner toward other women. I am guilty of being on the receiving end of this teaching by the example set within the church!

I have now come to believe that God is not pleased with this nature. It is truly ungodly and it is confirmed in Romans 14:10-12 MSG, “So where does that leave you when you criticize a brother? And where does that leave you when you condescend to a sister? I’d say it leaves you looking pretty silly—or worse. Eventually, we’re all going to end up kneeling side by side in the place of judgment, facing God. Your critical and condescending ways aren’t going to improve your position there one bit. Read it for yourself in Scripture: “As I live and breathe,” God says, “every knee will bow before me; Every tongue will tell the honest truth that I and only I am God.” So tend to your knitting. You’ve got your hands full just taking care of your own life before God.”

In my nature to fight for what I believe, I was tempted to continue my quest to be heard. But, God said no. As in any war, including the spiritual battle, there has to be a period of silence. He led me to one very valuable scripture in Exodus 14:14 NLT, “The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

The word “calm” reminded me of the keep calm pictures online. Although entertaining, they have a point. Calm is defined as freedom from agitation, excitement, or passion. It is further defined as absence of motion or animation, to remain still or near still. Being calm is staying at peace, in a resting position, and remaining harmonious. The call of this scripture is to stay in sync with God despite the issues going on-He has got this.

The bottom line is that when people, even church folk, are putting you down, acting holier than thou, and passing judgment, stay calm. That person has to answer to God and that mentality will not get them very far. Not to mention, staying calm is a biblical command from God. It is confirmation that he will fight for you.

He promises that those who judge will be judged: Matthew 7:1-5 MSG, “Don’t pick on people, jump on their failures, criticize their faults— unless, of course, you want the same treatment. That critical spirit has a way of boomeranging. It’s easy to see a smudge on your neighbor’s face and be oblivious to the ugly sneer on your own. Do you have the nerve to say, ‘Let me wash your face for you,’ when your own face is distorted by contempt? It’s this whole traveling road-show mentality all over again, playing a holier-than-thou part instead of just living your part. Wipe that ugly sneer off your own face, and you might be fit to offer a washcloth to your neighbor.”

We do not have to do anything when people judge us. It is hard lesson to learn but God is a better teacher than we could ever be on this topic. Keep praying that eyes, ears, and hearts are open to seeing and repenting of this nature. Meanwhile, the Lord continues to fight for you- just stay calm.

Prayer Starter

My dearest Lord! You are so compassionate with us even when we fail You. We ask forgiveness for the stiff-neck and obstinate ways about us that are offensive to you. Forgive us for being so troubled in our character that we cause other people to stumble into unbelief. We are often unaware of our own blindness, but You see it all. You provide correction, direction, and an escape.

We pray that we will adhere to your command to stay calm in the mist of trouble that we encounter in any shape or form. We all will answer to you eventually. Let our goal be to lift each other up and encourage one another daily as your scripture further commands us to do (Hebrews 3:13). In the precious name of Jesus we pray- AMEN!

 

References

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