Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Be Still And Know That I Am God

I have been reflecting lately on Psalm 46 and wanted to share some thoughts on this wonderfully simple and yet incredibly powerful passage of scripture.

Psalm 46:10 says:
Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honoured by every nation. I will be honoured throughout the world 

So why should we BE STILL? 

STILLNESS + ACKNOWLEDGEMENT = SUBMISSION (to His will and plans)

Submission to God’s will and plans for us acknowledges that God is God and that we are utterly dependent upon the Holy Spirit (see Zechariah 4:6 below).
Without seasons of feeling like we are under the blowtorch, would we really be in a place to actually listen, look for, hear and see the lessons that He wants to reveal to us in our submission?

He knows the beginning from the end  

He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. So if for example, someone lost their job last week - they really can be still and know that the God who created the very universe already knows when they will get their next job - or the next opportunity that He wants them to pursue. He also knows how He is going to provide for that person in the meantime
I think the paradox of how a person drowning at a beach often lashes out in panic and almost drowns the lifesaver who is trying to save them is a good one for how we often thrash around drowning out what God is saying to us and trying to reveal to us as He saves us from the tough circumstances that we have found ourselves in. We often start thrashing around as if we are trying to alert God as to our predicament. And yet our all powerful God knew exactly what was to come - and why. 
Whilst we can’t drown the God who spoke the very stars into existence we can certainly drown out his voice and exhaust ourselves as we thrash around unnecessarily

God promises that He has a plan to prosper us and not to harm us

Jeremiah 29:10-11 says:
This is God’s word on the subject:
“As soon as Babylon’s seventy years are up and not a day before, I’ll show up and take care of you as I promised and bring you back home. I know what I am doing. I have it all planned out - plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for.
When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.”

He will give us the grace to get through whatever it is that we are facing

His grace is sufficient for me
His power is made perfect in weakness

All of our needs whether material or of character will be provided if only we will trust and be still

I love the words of Corrie Ten Boom in Tramp for the Lord (1974)
‘When I was a little girl,’ I said, ‘I went to my father and said, ‘Daddy, I am afraid that I will never be strong enough to be a martyr for Jesus Christ.’ ‘Tell me,’ Father said, ‘when you take a train trip from Haarlem to Amsterdam, when do I give you the money for the ticket? Three weeks before?’ ‘No Daddy, you give me the money for the ticket just before we get on the train.’ ‘That is right,’ my father said, ‘and so it is with God’s strength. Our wise Father in heaven knows when you are going to need things too. Today you do not need the strength to be a martyr; but as soon as you are called upon for the honor of facing death for Jesus, he will supply the strength you need – just in time.’ 

He promises to never leave or forsake us

Jesus is the only believer who has ever had to be separated from God, in order that we may never know that separation. So we can be still - precisely because we are never alone

So why is it that we continually insist on struggling against the plans and intentions of our Lord and Saviour? 

I know from personal experience that if we try to sort out our predicament ourself, He will usually leave us to wallow.....until we surrender. Not because He is a cruel God but simply because He knows what is best for us - and surrender is pivotal to all that is best for us
It is when we have surrendered that God has room to work

God is our defender

Isaiah 54:17 in the Message says:
“No weapon that can hurt you has ever been forged. Any accuser who takes you to court will be dismissed as a liar. This is what God’s servants can expect. I’ll see to it that everything works out for the best. This is God’s decree!”
Now that’s a powerful reason to be still!

We can be still amongst the storm - precisely because we have the most powerful, loving, all knowing Heavenly Father defending and protecting us His precious children
In Him we are totally safe!

God is sovereign

Psalm 103:19 says:
The Lord has established His throne in the heavens, and His kingdom rules over all

The American Christian Author Chuck Swindoll says:
When you accept the fact that sometimes seasons are dry and times are hard and that God is in control of both, you will discover a sense of divine refuge, because the hope then is in God and not in yourself. 

God is faithful and always true to His word

Lamentations 3:23 says:
Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning

My God is a BIG God

Jeremiah 32:17 says:
O Sovereign Lord! You made the heavens and earth by your strong hand and powerful arm. Nothing is too hard for you! 

The Lord's purposes always prevail anyway - so stop struggling!

Proverbs 19:21 says:
Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails

So why the urgency in working this out?

It is so important to work out what ‘being still’ and ‘knowing’ mean because as surely as night follows day, the day of the storm will come. 

Trying to work these questions out whilst you’re already in the storm is akin to booking your first swimming lesson after you have jumped into the middle of a turbulent ocean.  
We so often need to change our perspective - simply and yet transformationally.
Instead of saying HOW BIG ARE MY CIRCUMSTANCES, we need to learn instead to say HOW BIG IS MY GOD!!

Zechariah 4:6 says: 
“Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit says the Lord of hosts”
The Holy Spirit does God’s bidding here on earth - that we know. So we need to submit to God, then lean into the Holy Spirit, whilst standing on the unbreakable promises of the Word.
My prayer is that Christians everywhere may simply be still and know that He is God. 

This has been one of the simplest and yet most transformative revelations that I have been blessed to discover.

Blessings