Visual Verses #9

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10

The words of this verse, especially in the half that I’ll focus on, are very well known. Yet, how often are we able to follow this instruction in the midst of the world in which we live. The surrounding verses give examples of how God was going to give the people of Israel a good reason to “be still”, but I’m fairly comfortable letting these words extend beyond their original context. Is there really ever a time when we don’t have a good reason to be still before God, the maker of heaven and earth?

We aren’t still because we have responsibilities, desires, needs, and no time. It makes perfect sense to us that we should keep going and going, but the more you look at this verse, the more you realize this is not a suggestion from God, it’s a command. God knows that what we need is not more time, it’s more of Him. God provides peace through his promise of salvation.

At this time of year that tends to become so frantic, we need to know that God’s command to be still and know Him is for our own good. We can’t live without it.

"Be Still" - glass smooth waters of Alaska's Inside Passage