Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
As with all of God's commands, there is a treasure that accompanies obedience. Heeding the call to 'be still' precedes knowing Him! Knowing...the deep kind of knowing that transforms the life...is the essence of a relationship with Jesus Christ. In many ways we live in a culture that 'knows' too much. The majority of our fellow citizens have received a 'shot' of truth which has inoculated many to true heart penetration. Knowing Jesus in the depths of our heart will lead us to revere Him. Simply hearing of Jesus, having facts in the head, simply teases our mind. We glimpse a beauty, a promise that seems too elusive. We strive and strive and fail to achieve the vision...because we fail to heed the simple command: Be still. We are so convinced that we must 'do' that we think God has failed. The truth is we have never given Him a chance to reveal Himself.
God created us with needs that we would come to Him to fill those needs. We choose to seek to fill the needs in our own way...that is the essence of sin.The needs of our heart drive us to find a way to fill those needs. Our attempts to meet needs will fail and hurt our hearts -- and others -- when we design our solutions. Sadly, even when we recognize the inadequacy of our attempts, we often mis-diagnose the problem. Our natural inclination is to 'do' rather than 'be still', so we simply alter our plan and attempt to meet our needs again. We are beloved treasures of the Master. He has a plan for us and we must be still and hear Him. If your heart is hurting today, sit before Him. Ask Him to show you that He alone is God. The solution is not within our own efforts; it is in His power and His love.
This week perhaps you would be blessed to focus on a name of God: Elohim. All of God's names reveal a nugget of truth about who He is! Elohim is a combination of two Hebrew words which speak of God's unlimited power and His covenant-keeping character. Our God is a God who is able and committed to keeping the promises He has made. He is worthy of our trust and awe!