“Be still and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
It is very hard for me to be still. It is even harder for me to trust. Often my fear, anxiety, skeptacism, and worry keep me from resting in His presence.
The command to “Be still,” is far more than simply stop. It seems more akin to a release, a surrender, a forfeiture of the inclination to try to fix, solve, or act on a problem. When I think about it in terms of a fidgety child, I can see that really, God wants me to surrender myself to Him.
Sheesh! That’s a tall order…
The meaning of the next part of the verse is also more encompassing that recognizing that there is a God. In fact, when paired together, “Be still and Know that I am God;…” is both a command and a comfort. If we give up our grip on the fears, worries, and desire for control in our lives because we have internalized that God is ultimately in control of our lives, then through our obedience He is exalted.
Easier said than done. In order to fully give control over to God – we have to first trust Him. We must quiet our spirit. We must believe that He has our best interests at heart.
That is the true test of faith. We can talk about trusting God and knowing Jesus cares, but do we really know that? Do we try to help Him along – do we try to intervene? ‘Be still,” is the basis for Matthew 11:28-3 “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. we come unto Him we shall find rest unto our souls.”
When we trust absolutely in God to work through our circumstances, we can be still, we can be rejuvenated, and He will be exalted because of the solution He creates.