This verse has been on my heart the last week and I’ve been praying for God to show me what He would want me to share about it. You see I don’t feel “qualified” to present this to you since I have no formal “Bible training” and don’t want to get it wrong. BUT God didn’t ask me if I felt qualified enough. He just told me to share it so I’m going to be obedient and do it. You see if I waited to feel qualified or proficient enough to do something, I have a feeling I wouldn’t be doing much in life or even writing this blog post at all. I am so thankful that He uses the least to do His works! So let’s dive right in, shall we?
Psalm 46:10 is a widely known and seen verse. Most times we see it by itself and not within the context of the entire psalm. I encourage you to read ALL of it!! It has 11 verses and should not take you much time. In the beginning of the psalm, it talks about God being “our refuge and strength a very present help in time of trouble” (vs 1). From there, it paints a picture of a world in turmoil and chaos. (I feel that this is relevant for today’s world too don’t you?) Towards the end, God speaks and says, “Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth” (vs. 10). So what does it actually mean to be still?
Before we get started on that, can I just share some of the irony going on as I write this?? First off, I’m going to admit that I am the typical stubborn nurse when I get sick and the fact that I’m going through this MAY have a TINY SMIDGEN to do with me waiting so long to go to the doctor, but that is not really relevant to this post. SO… I got a terrible head cold last week, that turned into a nasty sinus infection and TERRIBLE bronchitis. I am now on several medications (that are thankfully working well!). Two of those include a steroid pack and albuterol inhaler. They make me the exact opposite of still, y’all. My heart is racing and my insides are constantly shaking. Its like I am in a semi-constant state of panic. Physically I feel it is impossible to be still right now. Yet, here I sit, shaky hands and all talking of how to be spiritually still. No one can tell me that God doesn’t have a sense of humor! Anyways, even though I am in this amped up state, I still have to be mom and wife and get things done. Yesterday, I was scrambling trying to get dinner ready and everything else done so my husband can leave for work that night. All of a sudden, David walks up to me and says, “Why don’t you just sit down and rest? You look pretty flustered. Don’t worry about dinner. I can get myself ready.” So I sat and it was like my heart stopped racing for the first time that day. I immediately felt the effect of just sitting and being still and not trying to control everything. It was just like being told that gave me a minute to sit, relax, and breathe for a moment. I didn’t feel responsible for fixing everything that my body wasn’t capable of at that moment. All I had to do was focus on calming myself. I wasn’t just spinning my wheels and getting no where…all the while, the person that was capable of getting everything done was getting all the necessary things accomplished with ease… Do you see where I am going here?? Are you spinning your wheels trying to fix everything in your life all the while the Father is just waiting for you to Be Still and let Him be God??
We aren’t meant to stop “the mountains slipping into the sea” or “make wars cease to the ends of the earth.” That is our Almighty Father’s job to do. The NASB version of Psalm 46:10 says “Cease striving and know that I am God.”
CEASE. BE STILL. When and where in our daily lives and in this culture of ‘go, go ,go’ do we have the time to do that? Maybe your mountains trembling is the mountain of demands placed on you by your family and work. Maybe your house feels like the war is right here instead of at the ends of the earth. Maybe the waters of doubt and uncertainty about your life are roaring and foaming. Maybe you have been quaked to the core of everything in you from a lost relationship or receiving a hopeless diagnosis. You’re seeking, and striving, and FIGHTING every step to make it on your own when suddenly a voice tells you to “Be still. Cease striving. Know that I am God.”
- Know that He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13:8)
- He is your stronghold (Psalm 46:7,11)
- He is your refuge and strength (Psalm 46:1)
- He is your help in times of trouble. You have no need to fear. (Psalm 46: 1-2)
- He will not be moved. He will not be changed. (Psalm 46:5)
- He goes before you and fights for you. (Deuteronomy 1:30)
- You have all you need in Him. (Philippians 4:19)
So today I encourage you, if you are striving on your own, to be still and know who your God is and let Him be it! Stop trying to fit Him into your mold and have Him work the way that you see fit. Step back and let Him have control. (I am the most guilty of all of these. Lord, forgive me and help me to stop trying to be a control freak because I know I can’t do it)! If you aren’t sure where to start, try a simple prayer. A “Forgive me, Lord, for trying to do your job for you. I am here and my heart is open for you to show me what I should do.” Or even “Yes, Lord. I am here. I am listening.” can open up your heart and spirit for God to begin to do a work in you. Try it everyday and see where it takes you!
Cease striving. Be still. Let Him be your refuge and strength,