Be still

Greg Rakozy. unsplash.com

Greg Rakozy. unsplash.com

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Why would the scripture say be still and know I am here and not just know that I am here?

I believe because God in his wisdom understood that we are a distracted people.

There’s so much going on all around us all the time and even more going on inside of us. We’re bombarded with so much that our mind is constantly distracted.

To be still, requires us to be intentional and to work at being still.

So how does this work?

Do I just close myself up in some dark room and say nothing?

Is the focus on whether I am in motion or sitting still?

Here’s a commentary I found on this statement that will help us.

Position or Posture

Be still – The word used here – from רפה râphâh – means properly to cast down; to let fall; to let hang down; then, to be relaxed, slackened, especially the hands: It is also employed in the sense of not making an effort; not putting forth exertion; and then would express the idea of leaving matters with God, or of being without anxiety about the issue.

So  based on what we just read, I wouldn’t say that it’s as much about the location as it is about the state of our mind.

Just think about the last time you were confronted with a decision or a difficult situation.

What probably happened is your mind started racing 100 miles per hour.

It was probably scenarios of what someone else might do, images of failure or success, a T-chart of pros and cons, and a million other thoughts.

And that was with just one decision.

And God knowing this, wants you to stop or be still. Stop trying to take it into your own hands.

Stop acting like it begins and ends with you. You are not ultimately the solution.

Yes God uses you, but it begins and ends with Him.

This is why he says and know that I am God.

As Christians, we tend to forget that God is with us and for us. That’s why we are constantly trying to do things in our own strength. But God wants to remind us that he is God, not us.

God also wants his children to show the world around them who their God is by their actions.

When we carry our burdens and anxieties, we show people that we are our own source of hope. But when we still our thoughts and stop working in our own strength we show those around us that we are trusting in someone else.

So today be still and do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

Soul Check:

Are you trusting in yourself or God?

Is anxiety consuming you because you are trying to play God?

What can you do to “be still”?

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