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Now … Being Still!
What does this mean to us? To me?
This scripture has been used to “magically” commune with God … when that is not exactly what it means. I have made this mistake too, many times!
I have sat myself down and tried, futilely, to make my mind blank so God could speak to me. So God could give me the answer to my problem; which He’s already done in the book! I say futile, because that it what it was … every time! While trying to clear it, this mind of mine would wander off to the laundry piles or the bills and the grocery list. This is what the human mind does … if left empty, it will amuse itself.
No … being still and knowing He is God is a direction to a nation who is disregarding Him!
He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.” ~ Psalm 46:9-10
In its proper context we can then compare these scriptures to our personal situations.
Is there a battle in your life where you have not regarded the power and might of God? Is there somewhere in your life that you are disregarding God entirely?
He is the One who makes these things cease, never to rise up again! He breaks the weapons of the enemy of our battles and the Glory is always His!
In the proper context can I then apply this direction to those areas or nations within me, can you?
The Word does say that we fight not against flesh but against powers and principalities!
What principality are you trying to fight without God?
For me, it’s (was) my health; and still there are times when I try to battle these things within my own understanding, without regard to the power and might of God!
Silly-ness? Or is it sin?
The New American Standard says, “Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Young’s Literal states “Desist, and know that I [am] God, I am exalted among nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
Is God directing me, when applied to my battles, to cease and desist my striving to repair, control, change those things which are not mine. Those things which are not within my power?
I believe, when applied within the context of this scripture, they way that we often want to apply the Word of God, Personally, that yes these can be used to remember God’s direction.
BE STILL: Cease striving … Cast your burden upon the LORD!
BE STILL: Desist resisting God’s power … better to seek His face… then His hand will move in your situation.
… BE STILL.