be_stillPsalm 46 has a lot of oft quoted verses, certainly including verse 10a which says, “Be still and know that I am God.” I would invite you to get out this chapter and have a deeper look at what all surrounds this verse. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble” (verse 1). “The nations rage, the kingdoms totter” (verse 6). “He brakes the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the chariots with fire” (verse 9).

“Be still” isn’t just a quick invitation to prayer, though it’s never inappropriate to pause and pray. This Psalm is addressing a people at war, always battling, always strategizing, always fearing what they can’t control, whether it be nature or nations. God invites us not only to sit still, but to be still and trust Him.

Being still is not a pause, but a way of living. Trust God. Remember Him when you lay down and when you wake up. Do your best, but rely on God to open doors and fight your battles. Being still means giving up control and trusting that God is good and that He will keep His promises. ~~ Mark Adams, Kings Crossing church of Christ, Corpus Christi, TX

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