“Be Still and Know”

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

This scripture is easy to remember, but much harder to live.

We often go through our lives trying to control every aspect. Then the time comes when there is a job loss, a death of a loved one or a pandemic that shuts down the world. In these circumstances it becomes crystal clear who is really in control. Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has every detail in his hands.

In the Bible, we see time and again where God says, “be still, stand and do not be afraid.” Why? He knows that we will be fearful, want to move or want to help the situation along when the strongest stance we can take is to wait and trust his plan. This does not mean we are to be inactive; applications may need to be filled out and some decisions will need to be made. It does mean we follow his lead and his direction.

We need not worry or strive when we face challenges and difficulties. The Lord is with us and he is our stronghold, security and strength. So, let’s “be still and know.”

Prayer: “Lord, we give you praise, for there is no one who deserves it more. We are grateful for your grace, mercy and provision yesterday, today and tomorrow. We stand in amazement as nothing catches you by surprise. Lord, we place our problems, our plans and our lives in your hands. Our faith and trust are in you. In Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.”

 

By Tamar Gray
Pastor, Grace Communion Cleveland

 

12 thoughts on ““Be Still and Know””

  1. Standing still “in the Lord” is a sign of spiritual maturity. Plenty of room for me to grow…

  2. I know when I get busy and over extend my self in doing my own thing it tends to create a lot of anxiety. The rushing around creates a lot of unwanted stress. This stressful time reminds us to remember to be still and focus on who truly gives us rest. This time has prompted us to focus on Jesus who knows the importance of being still and slowing down.

  3. Thank you for a necessary reflection in these days of Covid!

    Richard Rohr does a lovely exercise of contemplation with this verse:

    Be still and know that I am God
    Be still and know that I Am…
    Be still and know…
    Be still…
    Be…

  4. God bless you all and thank you for this message. And more than ever thankful for The God of all. The Savior of all and The Holy Spirit of all.

  5. Thank you Tamar, Too many say, “don’t just stand there, do something.” I like your take on the Psalms.

  6. We do Praise and Thank God for Jesus, who is our Peace & by this Peace that passes our understanding we know that we are in Him & He is in us & we are never alone as we go thru this present evil world being confident of our Eternal Salvation that has been accomplished for us in Him! Eph 3:9-11

  7. I like the comment ….the strongest stance we can take is to wait and trust His plan.

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