This is one of the verses that God put on my heart as I began to grow in my Christian faith. I had been thinking about it recently. Sometimes when mothers and daughters communicate it is more like we are clashing in our viewpoints. It can be challenging to naturally say or do the right thing. One of us always wants to get the last word or get our point across by stomping our feet or raising our voice. Is it even possible to be still and know that He is God? No, not in and of ourselves, it is only possible through His amazing grace by sending us His Holy Spirit to minister to us in those moments when we want nothing more than to sin, even when we know it is wrong. “Instead of giving thanks to Him and humbly submitting to His rule over our life, We have rebelled against Him and have actually sought to exalt ourselves above Him. Going our own way and living according to our own wisdom, we have broken countless times either the letter or the spirit of every one of God’s Ten Commandments. Thinking ourselves to be wise, we have shown ourselves to be fools… We are completely unable to save ourselves or even to make one iota of a contribution to our own salvation. However, what we could not do, God did- and in doing it, He did it all, sending His own Son into the world to die on the cross for our sins, thereby showing us unfathomable love… No one could ever love us more or better than Jesus.”( The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent pg.59 & 61 italicized print first person changed from I to We and my to Our) .
The issue here is not our sin against each other, but our sin against God and our desperate need for a Savior. “God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8) It is not until we humble ourselves before Him and ask Him to renew our faith and repent of our sin, not only what we do or say, but what we think, that we can be justified, renewed and restored in His righteousness. “God’s grace abounds to us even through our trials.” (The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent pg.63)
So even in our sinful clashing moments in our mother daughter conversations, we can trust that God is and always will be at work and He will bring us to where we need to be. Sometimes we will make the choice to express our feelings in a hurtful and thoughtless way and we will forget to Be still and know that He is God. (Psalm 46:10) Or forget in our anger to not sin, and on our beds, search our hearts and be silent, as Psalm 4:4 instructs. We can be assured that “God does see our sins, and He is grieved by our sins. His grief comes partly from the fact that in our moments of sin, we are not receiving the fullness of His love for us. He even sends chastisement into our life; but He does so because He is for us, and He loves us; and He disciplines us for our ultimate good. We don’t deserve any of this, even on our best day; but this is our salvation, and herein we stand. Thank You, Jesus. Every breath, every heartbeat, every function of every organ in my body is a gift from Him. Every legitimate pleasure I experience is a gift from His loving hand to me. All that I am and all that I have I owe to Him and to His goodness.” (The Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent pg. 57,64-65)
We need to keep reminding ourselves of the precious beauty of the gospel everyday especially in those clashing MD* moments.