"“Be still, and know that I am God"
March 16, 2018
A popular verse. For me, it elicits an image of meditating alone on God at the beach or in a quiet room at home. However, reading Psalm 46 the other day, I was reminded of the context around the well-known verse, in which it says, "Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire" (v. 8-9).
Um, that doesn't seem so quiet or reflective. We read that God has the power to stop violence and tumult, and He will do so to show His glory to all people. Then,"(He) will be exalted among the nations" (v. 10b). We need only to stop striving and trying to do things all on our own and just watch God prove HIs power and presence. Thus, "Be still, and know that I am God."
Sometimes, we work too hard to get things right ourselves, and we put things all on our own shoulders to get things done (because who else will do it?) But Psalm 46:10 reminds us that it's not about us. Oh, yes, we have a responsibility to be available for God's work, but it's still He who does the work. He will cease the wars among nations and in our hearts, and He is the refuge for our troubled minds - if only we'd stop struggling to figure it all out with our own plans. Rather, let's gaze at God's power and presence to do so. Amen.
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