Be Still and Know That I Am God

Feeling the stress of the holiday season? Feel like there is no time to get everything done? Those are symptoms of our world which demands we give it our attention. In those times, when we feel the most overwhelmed, we need to listen for the voice of God who reminds us to
“Be still and know that I am God.” Spend a moment with that passage from Psalms 46 verse 10. Dissect it, meditate on it and let it give you peace.
BE – A simple verb whose various forms are (there’s one right here) used in just about every sentence. It means to exist, occur, occupy a place in time or space, represent, signify, come, go, visit. Two letters and so many thoughts, actions, qualities represented! Sometimes, BE means to take no action at all as in “Just let it be”, to allow everything wash over you while you merely exist. used with the first person singular, “BE” becomes “AM” as in “I AM”, the very name of God, who exists in all time in all places, comes and goes with us and sent His representative, Jesus, to us, not as a visitor but as one of us. He was, is and ever shall be. Therefore, when you are commanded to “BE”, you dwell in God where you exist as His holy child.
BE STILL – Be quiet, Be not afraid, Be in the moment. You are commanded by your Heavenly Father to take a moment and just listen, quiet your thoughts and emotions and dwell in that heavenly peace. It’s a peace only God can give and it is a true gift.
BE STILL AND – And here is the operative word. A conjunction, it brings with it a sense of anticipation, of knowing more is to come. Being still is not the end, in fact, it is just the beginning. What does God have in store for you next? What is around the corner. We are given His peace and do not need to be anxious, but we can look forward with faith to what happens next.
BE STILL AND KNOW – In the quietest moments, when our mind and bodies are at rest, God speaks to us and if we listen, we will know. Know can mean have knowledge of but it means have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them
In those quiet moments, we are developing that relationship in we may know God. We know He has plans for us and we know He loves us and so much more!
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT – Emphasis here is on ‘that’. That can be a pronoun, an adverb or a conjunction. As a pronoun, the sentence is strong statement that I know all that has come before – I know that I am a child of God, I know that God gives me the peace that passes all understanding. I know that I exist because He made me and I dwell in Him as His Spirit dwells in me and I know there is more to come!
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM – As long as we know who is doing the talking, the sentence can end here too. The great I AM, who spoke to Moses in a burning bush, who speaks through the prophets, who transcends time, unbound by past, present or future. His name is on our lips even when speak about ourselves, acknowledging the I AM who created all things.
BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD. Three times in this sentence we hear God’s name as God speaks to us. We hear it in the verb ‘be’, we hear it in “I AM” and now we finish the sentence as we started with God’s name on our lips. He is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, He is my first thought in the morning and my last before sleeping. He has given peace, knowledge and assurance for our present as prepare for the future. One small sentence is many and the many speak of God.

Leave a Reply