Psalm 46:10, Exodus 14:14
“Be still and know that I am God.” –Psalm 46:10a
Most of us have heard that verse. Seen it on painted canvas. Pinned a tattoo of it on our Pinterest boards. But how many of us take it to heart?
The older I get and the deeper I dive into scripture, the more I think about that question. Do we (I, especially) take what we are reading to heart? See, scripture is the very heart of God. It is breathed into existence by Him. The New Testament book of John tells us that the Word was God and that the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. So if these words—these God inspired words—are straight from the heart of our Savior, why is it that we as Christians struggle so much to take them to heart? And even when we do…what does it look like?
In my life, these 8 words from the book of Psalms are some of the most convicting to pair this question with. Why do I so often struggle to take these words to heart? To let them penetrate my mind, my plans, my schedule, my chaos? In the middle of my “first world problems” what I so often need is to be still.
See, I’m one of those people who is always on the move. This summer I am working three jobs, I have a gym membership, I have dinner with friends and family two or three times every week, I have church commitments, relationship commitments, organizational commitments…you name it, I’m probably penciling it into my schedule somewhere and somehow. Does my constant “going” bother me? No. Not really. Not until it becomes too much. Not until that Wednesday morning where my coffee get spilled going out the door, and then you hit traffic on the way to work. Not until I mess one thing up at work that leads to another and another and another. Not until it is too late.
Far too often, the only time I long for stillness is when I am in desperate need of it.
Oh how this could be said of us and our longing for Jesus.
So many times I forget that stillness nurtures my relationship with Him. It brings freshness and newness and perspective. It did so for the Israelites. In Exodus 14, Moses charges them with a task that, though seemingly small, would challenge the people in huge ways. “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14)
What a command from an ever-knowing God.
In the midst of a war, in the midst of a storm, in the midst of calm, in the midst of chaos, in the midst of LIFE:
Let me fight.
Let me lead.
Let me restore.
Let me heal.