Know who God is - and be still.

Be still, and know that I am God. Psalm 46:10

I have always loved this verse because the first two words evoke an image of peace.
But lately, I have wondered at the order of the verse.
It would be just as logical if it read, "Know that I am God - and be still."

Being still, calm, content, and at peace is not always easy to achieve when you cannot see the big picture.
If I am still, I am not moving.
I am unable to see what else is happening.
Who is making decisions? Who is giving orders?
What is everyone else doing?
Stillness requires self-control. Being unaware of all that is going on, and being willing to sit quietly - and wait.

"Be still" - is a call to TRUST.

In what?
In who?
For how long?
With what result?

The verse answers those questions. "Know that I am God."
If I know who God is - His character - His promises - His history - His dealings with His people ... all of the mystery, and fear, is erased!
God GIVES US the big picture!
And the picture - is HIM!

I do not need to wonder or question or fret or fear. They are purposeless pursuits.
If I invest my time, my energy, and my thoughts into seeking God, knowing God, and understanding who He is ... 'being still' will be effortless - and natural.
And that - is exactly what I want.

There is only one place that describes who God is - Scripture!
His ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, but He certainly gives us a thorough description of Himself, and I am so glad He did!

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 13:8

This is the message we have heard from Him and proclaim to you, that God is light, and in Him is no darkness at all. I John 1:5

Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; His understanding is unsearchable. Isaiah 40:28

This God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30

Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” John 14:6

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10

And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind. 
II Timothy 1:7

God is not man, that He should lie, or a son of man, that He should change His mind. Has He said, and will He not do it? Or has He spoken, and will He not fulfill it? Numbers 23:19

The Lord is my strength and my shield; in Him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to Him. Psalm 28:7

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