Monday, October 24, 2011

Be Still, and Know That I Am God

Be still and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I know there are some Bible scholars who will cringe at my simple interpretation of this verse, but I often think of this verse and imagine a loving adult speaking to a small child. Be still. How many of us have admonished a youngster when he/she is wiggling, popping up and down, touching things off limit, etc.? It could be the child is anticipating a delightful event like a circus to begin. Or he is curious about his environment, or simply bored. The adult might have a smile in his voice as he encourages the child to sit still and wait. Patiently the adult tries to calm the child down. Or maybe the child has a "boo-boo" that the adult needs to examine and treat. Be still. Again, the patient plea as the child wiggles and squirms. Eventually, if the little one doesn't settle down, the adult may have to speak in a firmer voice to get the child to focus.

Isn't this also true of our Heavenly Father? He wants to calm our anxious spirit, treat our "boo-boos" and delight in our joy. But he needs us to sit still and listen, just as that small child needs to do.

Know that I am God. He's in control. He is God. He's got this covered. Know this in your heart. Let there be no doubt whatsoever that He has a perfect plan for all of us.

Sometimes we just need to wait quietly and simply let Him do His work in us and for us. Being still is a challenge, that's for sure. But isn't it reassuring to know that He is God and He has everything under control?

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