Quite a few years ago, when Rev was serving as a full-time pastor and a full-time consultant; he found himself working extremely long hours.
One afternoon, a fellow church member called him and said, “The Lord laid it on my heart to call you and encourage you to read Psalm 46:10,” Be still (cease striving) and know that I am God.
Even though Rev’s list of ministry to-dos was long and of value, what the Lord wanted for him was to let it go . . . to let God be God.
The Hebrew word translated as “be still” or “cease striving” is raphah. It also means lean into, let it go, or allow yourself to become weak.
Today God is calling you and me to lean in to Him. Not to stop what we’re are doing, but to allow Him to be in the doing and give Him the glory. Because . . .
In our doing, God is still God. In our emotions, God is still God. In our successes and failures, God is still God. In everything, God is still God!
The Great, I Am, is all we need when life is stressful and overwhelming, when our to-do list is too long, or when people are annoying and we want to run and hide.
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I have another personal definition that I add to this verse. It may not be the intended meaning, but it helps me.
I include “shh.”
You know like your mother used to say, “Just be still!” Shush. Be quiet.
Talkers don’t like being still. We believe there is always something to say. So, I’m challenging myself to “Shh, be still.”
I believe God wants me to quietly lean into Him.
That’s hard for me. I don’t do it well.
The Lord knows and understands. He gently calls me to the place where I can be still and listen. To the place where…
He whispers, “surrender, cease striving, trust me. I AM.”
“I am in your to do list. I am with you when you’re stressed. I am there when your heart hurts. I am aware of your worries. I AM”
“I always have been and always will be God. Today. Tomorrow. Forever. I AM”
I’m practicing and He’s patient. He’s like that with His children.
The Lord whispers to you too. He is asking you:
Is your to do list too long? Are you worried? Are you stressed? Frustrated? Overwhelmed? Tired?
Be still lean in…
God is still God.