“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)
“Be still” — that is perhaps the hardest instruction that anyone could give me. So many things in my life happen far too slowly for my convenience. Mental, emotional, and spiritual stillness are just as hard as their physical counterpart. You would think that after so many years of walking with the Lord that I would have learned by now that He comes at exactly the right time, that my fussing and fuming only spoil the atmosphere of awe, of joy, of peace, of grace, that should be the aura of the believer. “Be still”
“…know” — certainty, the conviction that rests on faith, that has been proven by experience, that feeds the stillness that God requires. How quickly I forget what I supposedly “know” in the face of the circumstances of the day. Perhaps it is in the stillness that I allow myself to remember what I know—that God reigns and that He never abandons His children, that He never comes late.
“…that I am God” — Moses heard the great “I AM” statement and that was enough for him and for Israel. That God is, and that we know Him by faith and know Him in the experiences of our lives, should promote that stillness that needs to characterize our lives. He knows us perfectly, we need to know Him more perfectly every day. That knowledge grows in the stillness.
And when we are still and know, and reaffirm in our own hearts that He is God, we will become the instruments that exalt Him among the nations and in the earth. That is our end, our mission, our joy.