Be StillPublished Jan 04, 2018 | Women Mentoring Women, Terri Jenkin
A recent situation in my life caused me to lay awake thinking on how I could solve it. My thoughts were inward-focused not upward-focused. I, momentarily, neglected to “Be still and know that I am God” (Ps. 46:10). These are simple words yet with great meaning:
Be Still. “Be careful [anxious/strangled] in nothing” (Phil. 4:6). “…wait upon the Lord…” (Is. 40:31). Calm, unruffled, relaxed, and peaceful are all characteristics of someone who is still.
and Know: an intelligent assessment. Knowledge is the power to distinguish between different courses of action and to choose the right course. “For God who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ” (2 Cor. 4:6). “And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent” (John 17:3). “…be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind...” (Rom. 12:2).
that I am God. “For He is our refuge and strength, He is a very present help in trouble” (Ps. 46:1). “When I cry unto thee, then shall mine enemies turn back: this I know; God is for me” (Ps. 56:9). “Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; … For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light” (Matt. 11:29-30). “But I trusted in thee, O Lord: I said, thou art my God; My times are in thy hand” (Ps. 31:14-15).
I am thankful for the Holy Spirit in my life Who will bring to remembrance what the Word of God says. It is the Word of God that will help me to think right. I needed to take my eyes off self and put them back on the all-sufficient One.
My challenge as we look to a new year: Take a break from the chaos of everyday life and learn of Him through His Word. Then the next time you get out of focus, the Holy Spirit will bring to your mind His Word and you can “Be still.”