19 Nov Be Still – 11/19/20
Psalm 46:9-10 – “He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The command to be still seems counterintuitive in the midst of war. We typically mimic the chaos around us – becoming anxious, overwhelmed and fearful when our surroundings are in upheaval. How can we remain grounded in the midst of so much uncertainty?
We serve a God who is both present and powerful. God is a very present help in trouble (v.1) and is with us, surrounding us as a fortress of protection (v.7, 11). God is so powerful that at the sound of His voice the earth melts (v.6). Nothing can stop our God, who effortlessly destroys the weapons of the enemy and makes wars cease (v.9).
Therefore, peace is possible when our perspective aligns with the character of the Prince of Peace. He is a Mighty God, an Everlasting Father and a Wonderful Counselor (Is. 9:6). In actuality, stillness is the most appropriate response when attended to by the most loving of fathers and patient of counselors.
Prayer: Heavenly Father, increase our view of you so that we see the most impossible of circumstances as nothing compared to your power and presence. May we rest in you as our refuge, strength, and fortress. Be exalted in our world, in our church and in our lives.