‘Be still and know that I am God’ (Ps.46:10).
What does it mean to be still before God? Looking in context with why God gave this revelation to the author of Psalm take from the KJV; “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.2 Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea;3 Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. 4 There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. 6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, what desolations he hath made in the earth. 9 He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. 10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth” (Ps.46:1-10).
Back here on earth; when things go wrong, we tend to try on our own accord to fix and do things, we cry to God but still we want to make our own plan. When we do this, we actually resisting God. Do not resist God! Verse 11 in the book of Psalm chapter 46 continues by saying: “The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” Why then should we fred? When then should we even cry to God? Do we not trust that God will save us from our troubles? Have we no faith that God loves us? Or is it that we know we not always walking in God’s Will, therefore we not sure if God is looking out for us… Prayer is meant for us to have fellowship with our Father, to praise, worship, and exalt His mighty Name; and to make intercession on behalf of others – we need not ask God concerning personal issue, neither do we need to cry unto God when faced with troubles. Our victory is in how we praise God in spite of diverse challenges.
We see that God assures us here that no matter what happens around us, God will not leave us, neither will He forsake us (Matt,28:20). What are you faced with today? Maybe you are unemployed and seeking work but can’t find anything. Perhaps you not sure how long you will still have employment or maybe you a business man on a rocky road. Put your trust in God! Be still and know that He is God. This isn’t a time to start worrying, or even fearing what will happen – this is your time to worship God.
To be still is to “Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up” (James4:10).
Humbling yourself before the Lord is allowing God to be God in your life – it is trusting the words of knowledge given by the Master: All things work together for the good of those who love God (Rom.8:28).
You can only be still when you in Christ. If you not in Christ, you will be disturbed, you will worry and be fearful, you will be restless and weighed down. ‘If any man BE IN CHRIST, he IS a NEW CREATION…” (2Cort.5:17). Christ is not just describing the person of Jesus here, it is also a place. When you are in Christ, it means you have arrived. The word Christ also means ‘the anointed one’ – meaning that at this place you have also been anointed. You can only be a new creation when you have arrived at Christ and have been anointed. Some Christians just don’t know how to remain there; they come and the leave – turning back to their old selves. This should be the case with you – ‘Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.’
I can quote verse after verse to you in why you should be still in times of challenging situations; but you need to get the revelation of the person of God – only then will you not be moved by what’s before you, no matter how bad it seems; you will remain focused in worshiping God no matter what. The world isn’t going to change because you are now a Christian; but if you allow, then God will instill His character to you. You will understand that you and God are now co-workers – He has a part to do and you have a part to do. Christians are to lazy to recognize their role in life; always expecting God to do something when things don’t go right. We know how to praise God when all is well; but during dark times we start crying instead of standing strong in our faith and worshiping God.
This is the very reason why God’s people are destroyed; because we lack knowledge. The only reason why we lack knowledge, is because we didn’t make time to study the Word of God. There’s no excuse – no amount of money, stress, or work load should ever put a time frame on how long and often you have to spend in the Word. Learn that without the Word you will never truly succeed, neither will you ever truly prosper in life (Josh.1:8). Just be still and know that He is God – Hallelujah!
Know who you are in Christ and be still – “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the Living God, the Heavenly Jerusalem, and an innumerable company of angels” (Heb.12:22). Not only do you have God backing you, but you are surround by His angels as far as your eyes can see; you cannot even count the backing you have – Praise God!
Teaching by Evng./Pst. Rudi Ferreira
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