What Do You See?
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10
I have never been one who likes to sit still. Growing up, it was quite a challenge to get me to sit and do my work in school. Even as an adult, I have had to work at relaxing and allowing myself not to feel compelled to get up and do something. The idea of just sitting still is an issue many people struggle with in life.
This is especially true when it comes to our spiritual wellbeing. We turn to so many other things in life for answers and direction other than the Lord. When an issue in life arises, many times Christians are eager to go solve it by turning to others, ourselves, or the things of this world. Turning to these other things for answers is like putting sunscreen on a broken arm. It really does not address our deepest need.
Psalm 46:10 gives us a new approach to dealing with the issues of life. He tells us that we need to stop going to these other sources for help first and instead give our full attention deliberately to the living Lord. In his words, to sit there and be still knowing that He is God.
What does it look like to “be still and know that I am God?” I believe it means to focus on worshipping Him, meditating on Him, and pouring through His word for what He would say to us. I believe that our focus would change if we would stop and reflect on His grace, His mercy, His love, His power, and His might rather than our present circumstances.
When we are focused on life’s circumstances, it prohibits us from really seeing what the Lord would have us to see. When we focus only on our circumstances, too often we only see insurmountable obstacles rather than a God who is more powerful than any of that.
This was true in the Old Testament when the Israelite spies were sent by Moses to scout out the Promised Land. Most of the spies came back seeing only giants and an impenetrable fortress. But Caleb and Joshua had their eyes fixed on something else. They saw the promises of God, the truth of His Word, and that He could overcome all of that.
What do you see today? Are you overwhelmed by problems that seem so impossible to deal with? I hope that we would all be reminded by Psalm 46:10 to “be still and know that He is God.” Doing this would enable us to see that He is bigger than anything we are facing today.
I pray that this verse will not only encourage your heart today but also give us all the impetus to seek God first in our approach to everything we will face in this life!