Way back in May, I wrote a post called Amazing Undeserving Love. And it was an in-depth look at the common verse of John 3:16. That verse tends to be quoted so much that we forget its true meaning.
If you would like to read that post, click here!
Other verses are often like John 3:16, we quote them without thought; we rattle them off like we would a grocery list.
Today I want to look at another verse, that is often quoted and posted so much, we’ve become blind to its meaning.
Psalm 46:10 says
Be still, and know that I am God
Scroll through social media land and you will find that one sweet old lady, who is always posting inspirational quotes and verses with sparkles, flowers, cats, and one-eyed puppies.
In between all that, you will likely find this verse, with a caption of ‘can I get an amen?’ and with a heart emoji.
The amens will flow in without a single thought to the living words that verse has. To see this verse’s true meaning, you have to take it a little at a time.
If a child is off the wall crazy, and completely out of control, you are not going to say “be hyper!” “keep going crazy!” no, you are going to say “stop!” And that is the command that is given; be still. Stop. Just stop. Stop talking, stop questioning, stop moaning, stop complaining, stop commenting, and just be still.
When I think of the words ‘be still’ I think of Jesus calming the storms. The first in Luke 8:22-25; Jesus and His disciples were traveling in a boat when the storm arose, taking them by surprise. The disciples thought they all were going to die as they fought the storm, but Jesus was asleep in the bottom of the boat.
23 But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. 24 And they came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Master, Master, we are perishing!” Then He arose and rebuked the wind and the raging of the water. And they ceased, and there was a calm.
And then again in Matthew 14:22-33, there was another storm that involved the disciples, only this time, Jesus walked on the water out to the disciples.
24 But the boat was now in the middle of the sea, tossed by the waves, for the wind was contrary.
25 Now in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went to them, walking on the sea.
32 And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased.
The reason why we need to say ‘be still’ is because there is a storm in us. We allow the world and its problems to penetrate our being and it starts a storm. Add in personal problems and issues and soon you are a mess. A full raging storm of emotions and worry. And we just need to stop. Stop what you are doing, and be still.
There will come a point where we can’t go on, we feel helpless and vulnerable, and all we want to do is curl up in a ball and cry, yell and break down.
And a break down isn’t all that bad. We release long pent-up emotions, we come face to face with emotions and problems long buried. And it all comes out. Once you have everything out, and you are a blubbering mess and used half of a box of tissues, you hear a voice deep inside.
A voice that was buried under all those emotions and it starts…
Be still and know
Half of our worries and troubles that we allow to get into our lives are based and built on half-truths and lies that Satan has led us to believe to be true.
This is why after our meltdown, we grab the nearest writing utensil, and unused tissue, or whatever is handy to write on, and we begin to list truths.
The ‘know’ in this verse means we need to remember the truths and promises that are based and built on God and His unfailing, pure word.
And we need to bring to mind some of the truths that will help us get back up again, and remember who is on our side. Even when we forget or lose sight of Who is with us 24/7, the One who is always there.
Psalm 121:1-2 is a good place to start.
I will lift up my eyes to the hills—
From whence comes my help?
2 My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.
When we have our breakdown, we are crumbling to the realization that we need help. And where does our help come from? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
We get help and peace from the One who not only made heaven and earth but Us as well. That should bring a measure of peace, knowing that our Creator is by our side and He will or never has left our side.
A good portion of our storm is worrying, and Matthew 6:25-34 is the best place to go for a good wake-up call of how needless and pointless our worries are.
26 Look at the birds of the air, for they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?
27 Which of you by worrying can add one cubit to his stature?
If God cares for the birds, don’t you think He will take care of you?
Now that we are still, and remembered that the storm was pointless, we now meet the Speaker, telling us to be still.
I am God
To fully grasp this part of the verse, you have to put it all together
Be still, and know that I am God
The way I imagine this part of the verse happening is that we are in this fetal position, feeling that all is lost; defeated, and simply giving up on everything.
And we look up and see this Being enter out of nowhere. He fills the room up with His presence and He says, in a voice that is both powerful enough to move mountains, but yet gentle enough to give a peace that passes all understanding.
He says “I Am God.” Many people have a certain amount of authority and have the influence to do things common folk can’t. But no one on earth has the power or authority to say “I Am God.” There is so much in those three words, the first is ‘I Am.’
Over 300 times, the term I Am, meaning God is speaking those words, appears in the Bible. In each of those I Am’s, God is declaring Himself to be something…
Genesis 15:1 – After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision, saying, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”
Exodus 6:2 – And God spoke to Moses and said to him: “I am the LORD…
Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.
Revelation 1:8 – The Lord God says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega. I am the One who is and was and is coming. I am the Almighty.”
Who is the I am in this verse? God. The Almighty, ever-in-control, loving, merciful, gracious, One True King, God.
We can even take it further and remember who God is to us. He is our hope, rock, fortress, ever-present, a help in time of need. He is our Father, shepherd, and He will ever lead and protect us.
That is the God who says Be still, and know that I am God.
So, now the next time you see this verse posted to someone’s wall next to kittens and one-eye puppies, you have a better understanding of what it means.
Be still…stop and listen.
and Know…bring to mind truth
That I am God…Fear not, for I am with you…