Be still and know that I am God
There is a well-known verse in the book of Psalms that calls us to stop and recognize God's presence and place in our lives.
The Psalm is Psalm 46:10, "Be still and know that I am God."
While there is never a wrong time to follow the instruction of this verse, the context of this Psalm tells us when the timing of this command is most beneficial.
Let me add the opening lines of this Psalm to shed light on the circumstances the Psalmist had in mind.
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 Be still and know that I am God!(Psalm 46:1-3, 10).
It would appear that the writer of this popular verse has in mind our "times of trouble."Not just any trouble, but the kind of trouble that rocks your world and shakes the very foundations of your life.
This writer pictures terrible earthquakes, mountains crumbling into the sea, and surging oceans.
These cataclysmic events are on such a large scale, they are completely out of the realm of our personal control.
To bring this Scripture into the familiarity of our day to day living, think along some of the following lines: The death of a loved one, a life-altering medical diagnosis, the failure of a business venture, the loss of a job, threats of war, etc.
Like an earthquake toppling down buildings and mountains, there is just nothing you can do to stop the devastation it brings with it.
You are simply along for the ride, trying to survive the devastating impacts of the catastrophe.It is in this context that God tells us to "be still and know that I am God."
This can be a very difficult command.One of the hardest things for us to do as human beings is to release all control.
When life feels out of control, we react by trying to control all that we can.This can have a negative impact on our personal health, relationships, and walk with God.
The key to weathering these terrible storms in life is found in the first verse of Psalm 46: "God is our refuge and strength"A refuge is a shelter from danger.
God reminds us in times like these we are to run to him and entrust our lives into his hands.Leave the management of life's most impossible situations in God's capable hands and trust the outcome to him.
This is where our faith is tested and tried.Remember, faith is not believing that everything will turn out alright.
Faith is having the confidence that you will be alright no matter how things turn out because God is walking through the trouble with you.
Are you experiencing trouble and hardship far beyond your ability to manage?Take refuge in God.Let him strengthen you and take your hand in this difficult time.
Do not fear because God, who is greater than your trouble, is with you and for you.Be still, trust him, and let God take you through this season.
The following is a prayer used during troubling times: "God, You know my situation.Calm my fears.You are greater than the raging storm I am facing.Help me to be still and take refuge in your care.
I release this situation into your hands.It's not mine to control.Help me not to worry about what I cannot change, but to trust you completely.No matter the outcome, I'm going to be ok because you are with me.Amen."
Rev. John Green is pastor of the Cornerstone Church of Clarion.