1 God is our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
and the mountains quake with their surging.
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy place where the Most High dwells.
5 God is within her, she will not fall;
God will help her at break of day.
6 Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
he lifts his voice, the earth melts.
7 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
8 Come and see what the LORD has done,
the desolations he has brought on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease
to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the shields with fire.
10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
11 The LORD Almighty is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress.
This is a powerful passage. It is one that contains my life verse as the Lord must continually work in me by reminding me to “Be still, and know that I am God.”
In God’s infinite knowledge and wisdom regarding the human heart, mind, and soul, isn’t it interesting that He knows there will be times when we are anxious, times when we may question God, when we question our faith, and when we wonder if God truly loves us? In this passage, God reminds us and teaches us that He is Lord; the ever-lasting God.
I love how God uses the metaphor of the mountains falling into the sea and the earth give way while earthquakes are shaking the remaining ground that is under our feet. Have you ever been to that point in your life when you felt as if everything around you was falling apart? And after everything around you seems to crumble to the ground, the ground beneath you that you thought was a firm foundation started to shake as well as people you trust disappoint you. Or, maybe a leader that you greatly trusted fell toward sin, and your confidence is shaken. You see, God knew exactly what we would go through in our lives. He knew that everything would seem vulnerable; even the ground beneath our feet. And, He knew this because it is true. We live in a world that is cursed with sin. All of it will pass away. But, God knows there is one that is unshakable, unmovable, all-loving, and all-trusting. It is Him.
He reminds us that when everything falls apart and we find ourselves in a situation where it is impossible to trust anyone or anything, that we stop ourselves. We stop what we are doing. We stop what we are thinking. We should simply sit, get on our knees, or find some way to literally be still and know that God is God. These are the moments when our faith grows, when we become stronger as a Christian, when we rely solely on God rather than anything else.
Have you recently had a situation in your life that has caused you to struggle? Maybe you were stressed out with everything seemingly going wrong, maybe a loved one unexpectedly passed away, perhaps your friends or family have let you down, you or a loved one has been diagnosed with an incurable disease, or it could be that life doesn’t seem to be going your way. I don’t know why these things are happening to you or why they happen to me. But, I do know that these are the times when God calls us to be still; to remember He is our God. Whether you are suffering or not, take time out of your busy day and your stressful life to remember that our God is all-powerful, full of grace, and is full of more love than we can even fathom. In the silence, in the stillness, you can hear God sweetly whispering in your ear, “Be still, my child. I am God. I love you. Be still.”
That, friends, is something that can calm even the biggest storm of trouble in your life. May you all experience God’s peace today and every day.