January 29

“God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early.” Psalms 46:5

“‘Shall not be moved’—what an inspiring declaration! Can it be possible that we, who are so easily moved by the things of earth, can arrive at a place where nothing can upset us or disturb our calm? Yes, it is possible; and the Apostle Paul knew it. When he was on his way to Jerusalem where he foresaw that ‘bonds and afflictions’ awaited him, he could say triumphantly, ‘But none of these things move me.’ Everything in Paul’s life and experience that could be shaken had been shaken, and he no longer counted his life, or any of life’s possessions, dear to him. And we, if we will but let God have His way with us, may come to the same place, so that neither the fret and tear of little things of life, nor the great and heavy trials, can have power to move us from the peace that passeth understanding, which is declared to be the portion of those who have learned to rest only on God.” (Streams in the Desert)

A friend in Ecuador whose name is Pablo told me over breakfast that his name comes from ‘Paul,’ which means “humble.” He is correct, of course. Paulus is Latin for ‘small’ or ‘humble,’ and seems especially appropriate in light of the beleagured apostle who denied himself daily in deference to the will and glory of God. This, then, is the secret of contentment—to come to the end of one’s self so that nothing remains but God and His renown.

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