"Be Still... And Know That I Am God"

“Be still and know that I am God.”

This is one of the most popular verses in the Bible and it’s commonly interpreted as an encouragement to take some quiet time with God.

But it’s actually a battle cry!

The writer of Psalms 46 was likely living in a time of war. Attacks were coming from all sides and it’s as good a time as any to take up your sword and figure out a way to win.

God is our refuge and strength,
a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam,
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
Come, behold the works of the LORD,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
The LORD of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

 

God doesn’t want us to try and figure out how to win.

He breaks the bow.
He shatters the spear.
He burns the shields with fire.

God wants us to be still and be confident that He is who He says He is.

You don’t have invading armies at your door, but you might have an impossible deadline to hit or a traffic jam that’s going to make you late for an important meeting.

The next time you take a sip of coffee or you’re filling up your calendar for the rest of the week, just remember that you don’t have to figure it all out on your own.

Be still. God is God.

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