Psa. 46:10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
This verse has been special to me for many years. It was actually the one the Lord used to speak to me in 1977 that ultimately landed me back home in New Orleans. Taking matters into your own hands often leads to bad choices that, in turn, lead to unpleasant consequences.
Often times, especially when we are in tight spots, we tend to get ahead of ourselves, or better, we get ahead of the Lord. Yielding and trusting in the Lord puts us in position for Him to orchestrate the circumstances ahead of us as well as pouring His peace into our hearts. Thinking back to my dilemma in 1977, I could have strived and pushed to start a ministry where I wanted to go, or I could be still before the Lord. I am so glad I waited, favor and guidance is better than stress and frustration any day. Here are some thoughts from Jonathan Edwards on being still before the Lord.
“The great works of God, wherein his sovereignty appeared, had been described in the foregoing verses. In the awful desolations that he made, and by delivering his people by terrible things, he showed his greatness and dominion. Herein he manifested his power and sovereignty, and so commands all to be still, and know that he is God. For says he, I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. In the words may be observed…A duty described, to be still before God, and under the dispensations of his providence; which implies that we must be still as to words; not speaking against the sovereign dispensations of Providence, or complaining of them…We must be still as to actions and outward behavior, so as not to oppose God in his dispensations; and as to the inward frame of our hearts, cultivating a calm and quiet submission of soul to the sovereign pleasure of God, whatever it may be.”
Recognizing that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God, ruling all things is a good place to start in our ‘being still’. He is orchestrating events for His kingdom plan to be realized. He turns the evil plans of the lost into tools to advance His kingdom. He blesses the work of His sons and daughters who joyfully wait on Him. Be still!! God will be honored and we will rest in His love.