Being Still

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

This is one of my favorite verses of Scripture in all of the Bible. Sometimes just reading it brings me a sense of calm in an otherwise chaotic day. I’ve written previously about the heaviness of life, but it’s always worth exploring more about life’s sorrows and pain as we are all affected by these many times in our lives.

When we think of the trials that come around, moments that shake us to our very core, we need to realize that such events either come by the hand of God or are allowed by Him. We serve a holy and sovereign God and while He is not the author of evil, He will use the evil brought on by this fallen world to serve His divine purpose.

This leaves many of us in a state of confusion, anger, or disbelief asking, “Why? Why is this happening?” I’m reminded of Paul’s anguished cry in Romans 11:33: “Oh, the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are his judgments and how inscrutable his ways!”

In our tormented state, we often suppress our realization as believers that God has already supplied the answer. He simply says “BE STILL, and know that I AM GOD.” In one short sentence is conveyed the most unmeasurable degree of love and tenderness to a poor soul who is experiencing immense suffering.

We must understand that God is always teaching us, as any earthly father does with his children. Sometimes those lessons are more harsh than others. In Psalm 46:8, David recognized that we do not always attribute the beauty in the world to God, and therefore calamity must also come about as a way to get our attention. It’s easy to ignore God’s goodness, but a little more difficult to ignore His desolations.

Therefore, in the midst of all of our anguish and trials our Father is asking us to BE STILL. This is not a plea for idleness or inactivity, but rather a plea for calmness and rest—a serenity born of faith in Him. Let your mind be still of any rebellion; let your heart be still in accepting His will; and let your soul be still knowing that through it all, He loves you more than you can fathom and ultimately wants you to draw near to Him.

Yes, it is easy to dish this advice out to someone else who is going through the storm, but can you yourself accept the same sentence? In these times, the oft-quoted Romans 8:28 is delivered to remind us that His ways are not our ways and that while we see only a snapshot, God has authored the entire movie, from beginning to end.

Through our own sanctification process, these times will reach each and every one of us and we must see the spiritual growth opportunities that pain and suffering create, lest our faith be weakened.

Be still and know that God loves you and is ready to carry you through, if only you will lean on Him and let your faith blossom.