Be Still

by Jacob Hudgins

quiet personBe still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted above the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”(Psalm 46:10).

Some knowledge comforts us. It’s nice to know that our government has inspection standards for our food and water. The knowledge we gained in learning to drive comforts us each time we take the wheel.

God presents us a bit of comforting knowledge: “Be still and know that I am God.” It implies that our souls are restless and agitated. We are concerned about the world at large, and our small sphere in particular. We are unsure of so many things in our future, and are nervous about things spinning out of control. God speaks to our troubled hearts just as Jesus did to the sea: “Be still!

The knowledge that comforts us is “that I am God.” God reaffirms to us that He is real, and that He is on the job. Implied in this is all the care that God has for His people. God is for us. We can be still.

But taking the verse a different way, it seems to me that often the source of our anxiety is that we think we are God. We feel that we have the right to make our plans and have them fully realized at all times (James 4:13-15). We feel that vengeance against all wrongs done us belongs to us (Rom 12:17-19). We feel that our standards on moral and religious issues are sufficient to save us (Matt 15:8-9) or allow our own desires to rewrite our moral code (Rom 1:32). God speaks to such a heart: “Be still and know that I am God!”. All the pressure of doing God’s job, from establishing perfect justice to deciding specific things about individuals, is lifted from our shoulders. Finally, we can be still!

Some knowledge comforts us. Let’s take solace in the fact that God is in charge, and we don’t have to be. Be still!

Last modification: Tue 12 Nov 2019