24th June 2013

Keep Calm And Carry On 

“Be still, and know that I am God”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV) 

In my office there’s a poster that says, ‘Keep calm and carry on’.  The origins of this poster are quite interesting.  It was originally produced by the Ministry of Information in 1939 as a propaganda poster, which would be distributed to boost public morale in the event of a wartime disaster. Although over 2 million of these posters were printed it had only limited distribution with no public display. Little was known about the poster until it was rediscovered in a second hand book shop in 2000.  Since then the poster and its parodies have become widespread. Examples include: ‘Keep calm and have a cup of tea’, ‘Keep calm and take the day off’, and ‘Keep calm and tweet’.

The one that caught my attention, however, was one I saw in a Christian bookshop which said, ‘Keep calm and know that I am God’. 

I may not be facing the wartime danger of air raids or invasion by a foreign army, but there are many battles in my life where I need to be still and keep calm knowing God is there for me.  Psalm 46 is a great encouragement for us to hope and trust in God; in his power and strength, and his gracious presence with us in the most difficult of times:  “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… The Lord Almighty is with us… He makes wars cease… the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (Verses 1-3, 7, 9, 11) 

It is so comforting and reassuring to know that if God is for us, and he is, then who or what could ever be against us? (Romans 8:31-39)  When we are under pressure, facing a crisis, or going through a difficult trial let’s be calm and know the presence of the Lord; and in that stillness may he give us the strength to carry on. 

Prayer
Father, you are our refuge and strength, an ever present help in times of trouble. Help us not to be afraid when we are faced with a crisis. Help us to be calm, to know you are God, and that you are there for us, sustaining us through our trial.
Amen

Study by Barry Robinson

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barryrobinsonAbout the Author:
Barry Robinson is an Elder in and pastoral worker in the Greater London area, particularly the Camberwell and North London congregations of the Worldwide Church of God UK.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Camberwell
The Salvation Army Hall
105 Lomond Grove
Camberwell
LONDON
SE5 7HN

Meeting time:
Saturday 10:30 am

Local Congregational Contact:
Barry Robinson
Email:  barry_robinson@wcg.org.uk

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