Be still and know that I am God.
A long time ago, I heard something on the radio that changed the way I studied the bible. A pastor was giving tips for getting the most out of our time meditating on one verse at a time. One of the best suggestions, in my opinion, was to emphasize one word or phrase in the verse and think about just how that little word effects the rest of the verse and how it applies to your life. I’m going to show you how it works, and hopefully it’s gonna encourage the socks off of you, like it does me!
BE still and know that I am God.
I think God is much more interested in who we are than in what we DO. Yes, what we do matters, but what happens when our ability to “do” goes away, for whatever reason?Sometimes, “being” is the hardest thing we’ll ever attempt in life. Personally, I’m still working on it! This verse doesn’t want us to do much of anything! Except……
BE STILL and know that I am God.
The only action He wants us to take sometimes is NO ACTION! Just stop it! Occasionally, He will force us to be still, using some kind of physical calamity. So if this you, take a look at your life and ask yourself: Am I moving too fast? Too much? Am I missing my own life? Or someone else’s? Honestly, it could actually be more of a gift than you might think.
One of the definitions for the word “still” is, “remaining in place.” I really like that! We need to remain in place, and let God take care of all the chaos that is simmering all around us, trying to knock us off balance. Remain in place and know that He is God.
Be still and KNOW that I am God.
The word “know” means “to perceive or understand clearly and with certainty.” Someone once said that “worry is doubting who is in charge.” Are we “certain” that God’s got this? I must admit I have my days where I completely trust Him, and my days where….not so much. I just want to have a flashlight on this dark road. But usually, we don’t get one. And we need to be okay with that. Because that’s faith! Certain of what we don’t or can’t see!
Be still and know that I am God.
This is simple, but powerful. HE is God! Not me!!! He is in charge of my life, and I am not even a vice president in the corporation of PAM. I might be a doorman, but that’s about it! If I could just stop the occasional battle for control of PAM, I’d be the happiest doorman ever.
Be still and know that I AM God.
The God of the Old Testament, the God of the great and amazing miracles centuries ago, just so happens to be the same God today. I love that little word, “am.” Moses had no idea what a deep concept God was throwing out there when He was burning through a bush! I don’t know about you, but I am so comforted by the thought that He has never changed since before time began! He has always been just, holy, full of grace, mercy,has always been a promise-keeper, and has ALWAYS loved his children, especially the really bad ones!
In the context of this verse, God is telling us that we can remain in place and know with certainty that He will take care of our pain, our trouble, our struggles, our heartbreaks. How do we know? Because that’s what He told Moses, and that’s what He tells us all.
“God, please get me through this horrible pain!”
“Please heal my loved one.”
“Please get me through this financial crisis!”
“Please remind me how much you love me.”
Are you in love with this word yet???
When I look at this verse, through each word, it comes alive to me, and says so much more than it did just as a whole.
My study tips are free of charge. 😉