Devotional: ‘Be Still, and Know That He is God’


“Be still, and know that I am God!” Psalms 46:10 

 If you are like me, it’s very hard for you to be still. I’m always on the go and I like to get things done. Yet sometimes the Lord doesn’t want me doing so much. Sometimes what the Lord wants most from me is for me to be still and let Him be God.

Psalm 46 is a Jewish song containing three stanzas. Within each stanza there is a primary reason why we should be still during times of trouble. Consider these three reasons with me.

1) Being Still for the Help of God

“God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea.  Let the oceans roar and foam. Let the mountains tremble as the waters surge!”  (vs. 1-3)

To “be still” means: to relax, to let go, to be quiet. Sometimes we can’t solve our problems Sometimes we have to let go of the control and to trust in God to help us. “Be still and know that I am God.” 

2) Being Still to be at Home With God

I love being at home. Home has always been a sanctuary for me. So it is with my relationship with God. God is to be my home and resting place. The psalmist said,

“A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed.  From the very break of day, God will protect it. The nations are in chaos, and their kingdoms crumble!  God’s voice thunders, and the earth melts! The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.” (vs. 4-7)

3) Being Still for the Honor of God

“Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world.  He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire.  “Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” The Lord of Heaven’s Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.”  (vs. 8-11)

Scripture says that God gave the Apostle Paul a thorn in the flesh for him to struggle with. Three times Paul pleaded with God for this thorn to be removed, yet each time the Lord told him that what he needed most was God’s grace. Are you struggling with something today? If so, I encourage you to be still and seek to learn that He is God.

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