Thursday, May 16, 2013

Be Still

Dear Christa—
“Be still and know that I am God,” I read as I stared down at the bookmark.
“Be still and know that I am God.”
“Do I even know what that means?” I asked myself as I stood with all the other mothers at the front of the church.
Be still—
Psalm 46:10 is placed toward the end of a chapter that declares, “God is our refuge and strength,” not to fear “though the earth give way” and “come and see the works of the Lord.” Amidst calamity and despair, God says, “Be still.”
According to the notes in my study Bible, the Hebrew for that phrase means “Stop!” or enough already. What calamity shakes your world today? It could be a million things.
But, stop.
Stop and know that God is God.
And verse 10 flows right into the conclusion of verse 11: “The Lord Almighty is with us.”
This verse has stuck with me this week. How many times have I recited to myself—“Be still and know that I am God”?
“Be still” beseeches me to wait, be patient, to rest and not fret—to know that something will unfold; and when it does, it will be from the very hand of God.
God is powerful and He is our fortress.
It’s been good for me to ponder the power and presence of God in Psalm 46.

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