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Psalm 46:9

He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.
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One of my favorite questions to ask when reading any passage of Scripture is, “What does this teach me about God?”. Sometimes, I need to dig a little deeper or read the surrounding verses in order to accurately answer that question, but I never walk away disappointed by what I’ve discovered.

The sweet thing is, I get to know the Almighty God better than I did just a few minutes before my exploration!

Consider our focus verse today:
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
He sets wagons ablaze.”

(Psalm 46:9)

If you’re a skeptic like me, you might read that and immediately think, “I can think of countless wars that are waging in the earth. God certainly hasn’t made all those cease!”
Then maybe, if you’re feeling a bit sarcastic and harsh, which, we all do, probably more than we’d like to admit, we can allow our sarcasm to color our Scripture reading.

If we aren’t careful with how we approach God’s Word, to do it with weighty prayers asking the Spirit to convict us as we read, we can let Satan himself put his glasses on our eyes while we read God’s Own Words. And miss the point entirely!

Let’s slow down long enough to remember Whose words we are reading.
These words, when brought to the life by the very Breath of God,
can cut our hearts to the quick,
bring us to our knees,
or fuel us to do incredible things for Him!

Let’s not miss this!
Father God, we come to Your throne in this moment.
We want to know You, to really know You.
Help us drop our pretenses, help us recognize and discard the distorted lenses we are wearing, and empower us to understand more about You in the next few minutes than we do right now.

We believe you want this for us and we know You will show us Yourself so, here we are, asking You to do what should be impossible, for human beings to know the Almighty God.
Because of Jesus, we ask these things.
Blow us away, Lord God, with Your abundance!

Armed with the Spirit of God, Sisters, let’s study His Word!
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.”
Note it doesn’t say He makes every war cease, but a quick reading in nearly any book in the Old Testament and we quickly see how capable and authoritative the Lord God is to “make wars cease.” In fact, there are no constraints on Him! No part of the world is off-limits to His peace-making abilities. No power is beyond His authority.
He is a Peace-making God.

He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces”
We don’t generally think of weaponry as bows and spears, but to the first audience, these were top notch tools of war. In the right, well-trained hands, defeat was nearly impossible for the one who skillfully worked both the bow and the spear. Also consider the type of weaponry described. Bow and arrows were for long-distance precision while spears were used for face-to-face combat on the battleground.

Feel like you’ve been shot at from out of nowhere recently? Like an enemy took aim and has taken you out? Or maybe each day holds a struggle you can’t seem to shake, and with every sunrise, you know you will go toe to toe again.

You have a Victor, sis. It’s the Almighty.
No weapon formed against you will prosper when the Lord is on your side.
He gets the final say. Though it may appear the enemy is winning, if you are Christ’s,
you have already won! (Isaiah 54:17, Romans 8:36-39)
He is a peace-Making God.

He sets wagons ablaze.”
Before you scratch your head and dismiss this line, think of the original audience. Warfare was radically different than today, but regardless of the century, having quick access to your necessary supplies is crucial to winning the war. Wagons were this access point for ancient military troupes. Without wagons, soldiers had no way to refuel on ammunition, fresh weaponry, food, water, or medical supplies. Without wagons, they were dead in the water.

What can we learn about the Lord here?
While He is a mighty Defender, He’s also a valiant Offender. He courageously takes the offensive position and burns enemy supply sources, effectively cutting off their ability to reach His people whom He will protect, for they have chosen Him as their Stronghold.
He is a peace-making GOD!

Enemies don’t stand a chance against the God of the Universe.
He is a God of peace and constant care, and He will stop at nothing to ensure His people dwell forever in the City of God with Him.

This is exactly why the Father sacrificed His only Son, Jesus, to take away the sin of the world so that anyone who calls on the Name of the Lord, the Mighty Victor, will be saved. (Romans 10:13)

One thing is absolutely certain as you read Scripture, the Lord’s enemy is Sin and He will win over it. In fact, He already proved He holds the final victory because even though He took on every single one of your sins and mine and that of the world (!!!!), He STILL defeat death and the grave, never to die again.

“But now in Christ Jesus, you who were far away
have been brought near by the blood of Christ. 
For He is our peace…”
(Ephesians 2:13-14)

Jesus IS The Peace-Making God!
And He’s strong enough to give you peace with Him

Today's Pause Challenge

1) Pull out your Bible and read Psalm 46 fully through 2 times. Go slow. Emphasize different words each time you read it. Savor the message and pray as you read. Write out the verses in your journal.

2) If you’ve studied with us for the last two weeks, use this slowing down time to reflect on what the Lord has taught you about Himself, about you, and about your anchoring places in life. Prayerfully ask the Lord to reveal to you the places you are trusting that are not worthy of your trust. Where do your anxieties tighten up? What is the Lord calling you to surrender to Him as you gaze at His mighty works?

3) Pause over verses 8-9 and allow the Spirit to bring to mind the “mighty works” He has put on display around you recently. Make a list on your phone or with pen and paper (not just in your head where it gets lost or forgotten!). Praise Him for these mighty acts and take courage to trust the God who faithfully leads you!

4) Keep working on memorizing Psalm 46:8-11 as you review Psalm 46:1-7!

Close by reading Psalm 46
God is our refuge and strength,
a helper who is always found
in times of trouble.
Therefore we will not be afraid,
though the earth trembles
and the mountains topple
into the depths of the seas,
though its water roars and foams
and the mountains quake with its turmoil.

There is a river—
its streams delight the city of God,
the holy dwelling place of the Most High.
God is within her; she will not be toppled.
God will help her when the morning dawns.
Nations rage, kingdoms topple;
the earth melts when he lifts his voice.
The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

Come, see the works of the Lord,
who brings devastation on the earth.
He makes wars cease throughout the earth.
He shatters bows and cuts spears to pieces;
he sets wagons ablaze.
10 “Stop fighting, and know that I am God,
exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.”
11 The Lord of Armies is with us;
the God of Jacob is our stronghold.

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