Be Still and Know that I Am God
This was written in response to the struggles that many in our church family have encountered lately.
The Blessing of our Church Family
I love our church family. More than any other church I have ever been a part of, our church family shares not only the blessings, but the burdens on the hearts of the members. There is so little judgmentalism and so much compassion for what others are going through.
But it does not stop at compassion. Our pastors, by teaching and example, have shown the family how to bear one another’s burdens scripturally. Sin is not condoned. Instead, if someone is struggling with a sin habit, he is pointed to scripture and urged to draw upon Christ to overcome the problem. When we share our burdens and struggles, we know others are praying for us.
Burdens and Trials
This past Sunday I became aware that an unusual number of the church family were wrestling with major trials. Some were temptations to sin, some were relationship issues, some were health and personal trials.
That morning I prayed quickly with several of my friends before the service. Later in the day the Lord provided an answer to one of my own unspoken requests, but not in the way I was hoping or anticipating. I was sad and asked God to help me wait on Him for a resolution to my prayer.
Scriptures and Hymns Bring Comfort
In answer He brought several things to mind for me to meditate on. First, He again asked me to “Be still, and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10) He knows the end of a thing as clearly as the beginning. Can I not depend on Him to work the entire thing out for my good and His glory? Too often I’m like a dog on a leash who either dashes ahead straining and choking on its collar, or sits down and refuses to obey when the master says it’s time to move.
He also reminded me of Katharina von Schlegel’s wonderful hymn which beautifully reflects the teaching of Psalm 46:10.
Be Still My Soul – A Hymn for the Hurting
Be still, my soul: the Lord is on thy side.
Bear patiently the cross of grief or pain.
Leave to thy God to order and provide;
In every change, He faithful will remain.
Be still, my soul: thy best, thy heavenly Friend
Through thorny ways leads to a joyful end.
Be still, my soul: thy God doth undertake
To guide the future, as He has the past.
Thy hope, thy confidence let nothing shake;
All now mysterious shall be bright at last.
Be still, my soul: the waves and winds still know
His voice Who ruled them while He dwelt below.
Be still, my soul: when dearest friends depart,
And all is darkened in the vale of tears,
Then shalt thou better know His love, His heart,
Who comes to soothe thy sorrow and thy fears.
Be still, my soul: thy Jesus can repay
From His own fullness all He takes away.
Be still, my soul: the hour is hastening on
When we shall be forever with the Lord.
When disappointment, grief and fear are gone,
Sorrow forgot, love’s purest joys restored.
Be still, my soul: when change and tears are past
All safe and blessèd we shall meet at last.
God Has the Answers!
He has the best interest of His children at heart. It may not be what we want, or hoped for, or planned, or anticipated, but it is what is best for us. He truly is ‘our best, our heavenly friend’ who orders our lives and provides all that is essential for life and godliness (2 Peter 1:3) He can be totally and absolutely depended on!
Are you struggling with temptation to sin? Ask Him to show you that way of escape He has promised. At the end of your rope in a relationship conflict? Plead with God to give the wisdom He promises. Burdened by lack of provision? Call upon God to show an unbelieving world that the Heavenly Father ‘supplies all your need.’ Discouraged, grieved, or afraid? Lay it all before the Lord and tell Him you need Him to walk with you and sustain you with strength, courage, peace and joy as you go through your valley.
But most of all, we need to cease our struggles, ‘be still’, and KNOW that He is God!