“Be still and know that I am God…” (Psalm 46:10)
How hard it is to simply ‘Be Still’!
Maybe your world seems to be crumbling around you–your job, your family, your marriage, your health, your money…there are no shortage of things that can stress us out, keep us up at night and lead to anxiety and worry.
Is there anything that can give us victory over these things? Anything that we, who are believers in Jesus Christ can do to respond differently–more ‘peacefully’–than the majority of the world around us?
Yes, there is!
We can ‘Be Still’.
We can chill.
But first, we have to consider this very important question: WHERE does our Peace come from?
If it comes from ‘peaceful’ circumstances, then any time our circumstances go crazy, then we have no hope of peace. Zero.
If, on the other hand, our ‘peace’ comes from somewhere…or some ONE…who does not change, then maybe we’re on to something!
What does Psalm 46:10 say? To be still and KNOW…this is a statement of faith. This is a declaration we make.
What are we to ‘Know’?
This means that we REFUSE to believe our circumstances and instead we make a decision of our will to know and declare that we believe that He Is God!
‘HE‘ is personal. He is loving and merciful. He knows us, He loves us and He cares for us. He has the perfect plan for us, and we can know Him, even as we are known by Him.
In addition to all that, we’re saying that He IS God–there is no other. He is the One and Only TRUE God, and therefore, we can trust in Him.
Finally, we say confidently that He Is GOD–wise, loving, powerful and gracious. He is merciful, right and just. He is patient, holy and true. He is, in fact ALL Knowing, ALL-Powerful and EVER-Present.
All of this means that we can trust in Him, even when our circumstances seem completely out of control. He has not abandoned us. He is faithful, and will give us strength to endure, and He will lead us into victory.
This is why the Apostle Paul could write “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
The ‘peace that passes understanding’ doesn’t come from our circumstances, nor does it come from a desire to have it. We can’t experience if our prayers are simply ‘God, change my circumstances’, or ‘God, give me peace’.
That Peace is a byproduct of TRUST.
We Trust in Him, because HE IS GOD!
…and because He Is God, and He loves us, we can rest…and we can have peace!