Be Still

That’s a great thought—be still. I can still hear my mother commanding those words as she knelt to pin the hem of my dress. As a child, those were hard words to obey! Now, I do it gladly.

Be still.

But that’s not enough.  That’s only part one of this wonderful verse, Psalm 46:10.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

Stillness is just the beginning and it’s not just a physical stillness. In fact, it may not be physical stillness at all! You may need to be “still” in the hustle and bustle of your most hectic hour. It’s the inside stillness that brings true rest.

So, maybe you’re a meditation guru. You know how to still your soul into perfect quietness. I’m afraid that’s not enough.

“Be still and know.”

Perfect nothingness of the soul and mind is a dangerous place to be. That vacuum which nothingness creates opens our minds and souls—if we are not born-again believers—to the masterful enemy of all mankind. Jesus said, “When an unclean spirit goes out of a man, he goes through dry places, seeking rest, and finds none. Then he says, ‘I will return to my house from which I came.’ And when he comes, he finds it empty, swept, and put in order. Then he goes and takes with him seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first. So shall it also be with this wicked generation (Matthew 12:43-45).”

We must take the  whole verse and make it our own:

“Be still

 And know

                                That I am God.”

Like the still small voice that gently crashed into Elijah’s presence after the whirlwind and earthquake, the Almighty God of the Universe makes His presence known to the quiet, thinking soul. Like a rush of wind that takes our breath away, He comes and we know Him. Our whole being is overwhelmed by His presence—the presence of the One who knows me and still loves me—the only begotten Son of God, Jesus—my Savior first of all, but oh, so much more! My Master, my God, my King and LORD!  my Shepherd, my Rock, my High Tower, my Fortress, my Strength, my Shield, the Lover of my soul, my best Friend, my Abba, Father. He knows me and I know so little of Him. I will spend as much of this hurried, busy life that I can getting to know Him better, and then all of eternity getting to know Him even more.Hallelujah! What a Savior!

Will you be still and know the One true God? After all, it’s His call to you, and He always knows what is best.


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