I love the little ah-ha Spiritual moments in life. Especially when the Holy Spirit shows me something deeper in what I’ve heard, seen or known for years. The image on this post caught my attention.
Note that the image subtracts all the verbiage down to a short common denominator.
“BE STILL AND KNOW”
Submit your cares and surrender your anxiety and you will know that God is with you, that He is victorious ALWAYS. Be still and you will know Him and have strengthened faith in His very Character.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
When I first looked at the image of course I remembered the Word in Psalm 46:10… but as I looked at it I pondered how it is in the written and as I often am, I was amazed at the simplistic beauty of God’s Truth. If I would just BE STILL I will surely know. To me this translates as calming my mind of every other matter big and small. Perversion of faith in the churches, the tensions in the world, the injustices to the poor, the homeless epidemic, political corruption, law enforcement’s abuse of power, on and on the list of causes and matters seem to grow. Not that the Body of Christ should hide in the shadows. We are to pray and speak up on these matters and to go about doing good wherever the Holy Spirit leads us. To BE STILL in doing so is to surrender and submit any idea that the resolution to these issues are hopeless. Sometimes for me it seems that the matter of the homeless, poor and hungry of Southern California is becoming insurmountable. I shake it off pretty fast when I cast off every thought around me and just BE STILL in my Faith in God in that exact moment. Then immediately I KNOW. When I am still against the noise of the world, I immediately know that God has a plan for all of the matters and issues of humanity.
When I look at the homeless situation I often think of Jesus’ words, “The poor you will always have with you…” (Mark 14:7; Matthew 26:11) It is in that moment of stillness that I actualize that it is not hopeless and that in reality the Church will ALWAYS have plenty of work to do in service to the poor. There will always be ministry work to be done in service to others regarding all of the previously mentioned matters, until the return of the Bride Groom.
The world seems to be spinning out of control, it appears hopeless. To BE STILL does not give me license to throw up my hands and quit or just give up the fight as futile; in fact, it is everything that we imagine and strive to accomplish without God that is futile. It gives me peace TO KNOW that God in His Wisdom and Perfection has not lost any control. To BE STILL is to keep my attentions on Him amidst the chaos of the world.
“You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3
When I can BE STILL then I WILL KNOW that God has it all under control… I WILL KNOW and I will see that GOD IS!
John Gill one of the great Bible expositors said this regarding Psalm 46:10:
BE STILL & KNOW – that they should not be fearful, nor fretful and impatient, or restless and tumultuous; but be quiet and easy, resigned to the will of God, and live in an assured expectation of the appearance of divine Providence in their layout. And “know”; own and acknowledge that He is God, a sovereign Being that does whatsoever He pleases; that He is unchangeable in His nature, purposes, promises, and covenant; that He is omnipotent, able to help them and deliver them at the last extremity; that He is omniscient, knows their persons, cases, and troubles, and how and where to hide them till the storm is over; that He is the all wise God, and does all things after the counsel of his own will, and makes all things work together for good to them; and that He is faithful to His Word and promise, and will not suffer them to be over-pressed and bore down with troubles. Who further says for their encouragement, and is to be hearkened to in it, I will be exalted among the heathen; with or in the conversion of the Gentiles; when the kingdoms of this world shall become Christ’s, and all nations shall come and worship before Him Revelation 11:15.