Monday, August 22, 2011

Be Still and Know

Have you ever wondered what God would say to you, if he suddenly appeared?  Do we imagine that somehow God would pass out wishes, like a genie, freed from his bottle?  Most of us would be satisfied with one wish, forget about expecting three wishes!  The truth is that we all have problems.  We all have issues.  We all long for God's hand in the resolution of that which bothers us most.  IF God did suddenly appear...what would he say or do?

Would he really be concerned about what we fret over most?  Not that we don't have some legitimate worries, but hasn't he said, 'Don't worry'?  And he said that regarding some pretty important things like food and clothing!  What if he said something like this:  'Be still and know that I am God'?  What would he mean by that?

Here is what I think he meant when he said those words in Psalm 46:10.
                 Relax.  Rest.  Quiet yourself.  I am God.  Not you.  Not your boss.
                      Not your husband or wife or neighbor.  Not the Dow Jones.
                                                         I am God.

In verse 11 of that chapter he says: I will be exalted among the nations.  I will be exalted in the earth.  You see, God is God.  I know that sounds like circular logic, but that is the whole point.  There is no other like HIM.  There is no other being with which to compare him.  There is no other.

So, in whose name do we trust?  In whose name do we rest?  Where does our help come from?  The answer is right out of the Psalms.  Our help comes from the LORD, the maker of heaven and earth!
Rest in that.  Be still and rest in that.  For me, to learn to rest in that is to constantly remind myself of who I am and WHO HE is.  He is God and I am not, to quote the lyrics of a Steven Curtis Chapman song from a few years ago.  He is above all things.  His power is supreme.  And this gives comfort to me.  Why?  Because I am his child and he loves me.  It isn't always easy to 'be still' when the winds of life are howling or the waves of circumstance threaten.  But it is the right thing to do.

'Be still and know that I am God', says the LORD.


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