“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
A couple of years ago at Christmas, a close friend gave me a nice ink pen with matching case and on both this Scripture was in scribed. This was of course before I had my own computer, so all the writing that I was doing was on paper with this very pen. Oddly enough, I never once considered what it really meant. Even more oddly, although I’ve read it in the Bible, I can’t remember stopping (even once) to meditate on this verse asking God what He is saying.
As I watch my family in their day to day activities especially my wife and older daughter, they have to be doing something all the time. Even when we are trying to relax out of town or out by the pool, they are uncomfortable being still. And truthfully most of my friends and people I’ve been aquatinted with are similar. I actually believe most people are driven and I know it’s not just for the sake of keeping busy. We have to work, provide for the family, maintain the house, business has to happens and tasks have to be completed. There’s purpose in what we do.
Well then there’s me, chuckling at myself as I am writing. I am disable and I have a lot of time. I have no problem stopping when it’s time to stop, or being still. I also have no problem when a task needs to be completed chipping in to help in any way I can. Matter of fact, today I decide to take a nap, well the only part of me that wouldn’t stop and be still is my mind. I have OCDT, you know Obsessive Compulsive Distorted Thoughts and my mind or thoughts are racing as if in a Nascar race. Just going and going. So I just started to talk to God and this Scripture came to my mind. The sad part is I just laid there, tossed and turned but thankfully my spirit wasn’t playing along. So next step was to get up and read and see what Gods Word has to say about being still.
Gods voice breaks through in a climax as He addresses the nations, because of the works of God on the behalf of His people, God will be exalted through out the earth in every nation. This is proven to be supremely true of Gods saving act in the birth, life, death and resurrection of His own son Jesus Christ. This all will be brought to a completion at the return of Christ.
I don’t know about any of you, but when I take the time to slow down long enough to get in to Gods Word and not just read it, it’s as if I am hearing personally from the God of our universe. Guys I get WOW’ED. I have to ask myself how can I not stand in complete AWE of God. This is the impact God and His Word the Bible has on me every time I study it. I’m going to close with this question I have to ask myself. If food is important for me to be able to live physically, how much more important is Gods Word, the Bread of Life needed to live this life and eternally with God? What’s it going to take for me to Be Still and Know That God Is God? Take time to Know God through His Word …..
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