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

Saturday, November 12, 2011

I've been meaning to post this for a long time, but things happened last week that makes this the opportune time. We have been working 3-4 days a week for the past month. This past week it was announced that our facility would be closed the 10 of February 2012.

What does it mean to "be still"? Should we sit back with our arms folded and say, "God, You do this."? To me it means to stop trying to figure things out on my own, and learn to trust in Him. To give Him complete control in the situation.
This command — “be still” — forces us to think on two things: that we are finite, and that God is infinite. That being the case, we need to drop our hands, go limp, relax, and “chill out.” Christian people ought to “come, behold the works of Jehovah,” (v. 8) that we may enjoy a calm confidence in him who gave us his Son.
“Shall he not also with him freely give us all things?” Paul reasoned (Romans 8:32). Psalm 46:10 encourages us to reflect on what God can do in the face of what we are unable to do.
Spiritual serenity, the psalmist admits, ought to be cultivated in spite of the shaking mountains and agitated waters (vv. 2-3; i.e., figures for the difficulties we face in life). This spiritual calm, that God commands, does not come from a lack of troubles; it derives from a steady, deep reflection on the ways God has intervened in history on behalf of his people (cf. Romans 15:4).
So as your world crumbles around you, the call from Scripture is: don’t flinch in faith in God. Stand still — not because of a self-made confidence, not because you are the most composed person in the face of disaster, not because “you’ve seen it all.” Be still because of what you know about God.
It is “God’s past” that provides calm for “our future.” Know that he is God! Know it, not merely intellectually, but practically, spiritually, and emotionally. He is your God. He is the ruler of kingdoms of this earth and the all-powerful Creator of the Universe.
If you are the last man or woman standing, be still. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth do change” (Psalm 46:1-2a). Hallelujah!

There is a song by Steven Curtis Chapman that has helped me.

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is holy
Be still, O restless soul of mine
Bow before the Prince of peace
Let the noise and clamor cease

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know that He is faithful
Consider all that He has done
Stand in awe and be amazed
And know that He will never change
Be still

Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God
Be still, and know that He is God

Be still; Be speechless

Be still and know that He is God
Be still and know He is our Father
Come rest your head upon His breast
Listen to the rhythm of His unfailing heart of love
Beating for His little ones
Calling each of us to come
Be still, Be still
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    Great Blog, Alan! thanks for sharing with us!
    2369 days ago
    God Bless you.
    2377 days ago
  • PICKIE98
    Most people forget that all they need to do is "ASK".. That is it, ask..
    my mantra is "Show Me",, HE always has,, on HIS timetable..not mine..
    Alan, you will do fine,,
    2380 days ago
    Thank you. I have this quote hanging up, but I forget to read and follow it. I lost my job 5 months ago and I get very worried to the point of panic attacks. I have recently refocused and know that God will light my way when it is time. I think he gave me this gift of time off on unemployment to focus on myself and my health. I am taking advantage and working hard towards this goal of better health to enjoy the gift of life he also gave me.
    Thank you again for this reminder.
    I hope you are able to find work quickly. I will say a prayer for you.

    Belinda emoticon
    2381 days ago
    Sometimes we need to be reminded to "Let go & let God". Thank you for the reminder. You are in my thoughts & prayers as you approach this cross road in your life.
    2381 days ago
    Bless your heart, Alan.
    Let HIM do the work for you.

    2382 days ago
  • DEDE824
    Really enjoyed this reminder. In today's world we must pause to be still and know that He is God. emoticon
    2382 days ago
    Many are the times I've taken comfort in the calm, confident simplicity of this statement! Aongside it, I cherish the notion of the still small voice of God (1 Kings 19:11-12). Together they put the blustering yammering of so many "televangelist" Christians into perspective.
    2382 days ago
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