“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!
“See to it that no one misses the grace of God. And that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many.” Hebrews 12:15
The word “grace” is used a lot in Christian circles. I am afraid it is used so much that we have at times lost the significance of what it really means for our daily lives. Grace has been defined as “the free and unmerited favor of God, as manifested in the salvation of sinners and the bestowal of blessings.” That definition sounds good but what does it look like in real life?
Grace Provides Salvation - Grace has often been described as God’s riches at Christ’s expense. In other words, Jesus gave His life on the cross as payment for our sins. It is His free and unmerited gift to us. Ephesians 2:8-9 describes it best when it says: “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God. Not of works, lest any man should boast.” I pray that we as Christians would never forget how great a gift that God has given us in salvation through His Son. When I think of the abundant life that I have been given in Christ, I want to make sure that I do all I can to make sure that others hear of His free gift. I want to, as Hebrews 12:15 says above, “see to it that no one misses grace.”
Grace Provides Power for Living - The apostle Paul in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 tells us: “My grace is all you need. My power works best in weakness. So now I am glad to boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ can work through me. That’s why I take pleasure in my weaknesses, and in the insults, hardships, persecutions, and troubles that I suffer for Christ. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” I hope you do not miss the treasure found in these two verses. His grace is sufficient for all our needs. According to these verses, when we admit that we are weak and cannot solve the issues we are facing that is when God unleashes His grace and His power on our lives.
I know that to be true in my own life as I have personally experienced God’s grace at my weakest and most desperate moments. Paul mentions some problems we all face in insults, hardships, and persecutions in these verses but also says that he can take pleasure in them because the grace of God is sufficient for meeting all those circumstances. What a promise from God that we need to claim!
Once again, I do not want anyone to miss out on “the grace of God” that can provide real lasting power for living this life. I pray that we would all begin to admit our weaknesses to God and allow Him to be strong on our behalf. When we do not have what it takes, God is telling us that He does!
For those of you who may be discouraged today, I pray that these verses will encourage your soul and remind us all that when we need strength the only place to find it is in the arms of the Lord!