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Be Still and Know that I Am God

10 Be still, and know that I am God;   Ps 46:10

Have you ever thought what God meant by this statement?   There are probably different ways to look at this verse but as a young boy growing up in the Northern California community of Comptche, I came to understand this verse in a way that has become even clearer to me now that I am older.   As I said earlier, there may be different ways to view this, but I will give you the way I view it.

How can being still make you know that God is there?  The Bible teaches in verses such as 1 John 2:15:

15 Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

Often folks look at this and think God is talking about the earth; He is not.   He is talking about the ways of the world, not the planet we live on.   God created this planet and it is a great work of beauty, but do we always see the beauty of His creation?  

When I was boy growing up, I spent a lot of time in the woods, just playing and hiking and sometimes I would get tired and sit down on a stump or log to rest.  While I was resting, I was very still and nature all around me would begin to buzz.   I watched a lot of small insects, grasshoppers, ants, lots of different types and they were so busy doing things.  Some were together headed in the same direction, some were carrying twigs or small sticks and others were just scurrying about.  I would look up and see different birds and butterflies, and all around me were animals such as squirrels, rabbits, deer, foxes, chipmunks and other assorted creatures, all created by God.  I remembered this verse from Psalms in my Sunday School class, but perhaps back then I didn’t fully comprehend what was going on.

As we rush through this world, with our busy lives, jobs, kids, chores and many other things how much do we miss of God’s creation?  I cannot see any of this driving in my car or walking through a shopping mall or store.   God says to “Be still.”   Sometimes all of us just need to “Be still.”  There is an entire creation around us and we get so busy with everything, so caught up in our world, we never stop and we miss a lot.   The only way you can see the fullness of God’s creation is to STOP!   Be still and you will see God all around you. 

In Romans 1:20 the Apostle Paul records these words.

20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.    (emphasis added)

Paul is saying that God can be seen clearly, by understanding what he has made, that is the creation.   Have you rushed through the world, your life, so fast you missed it?   Look around at this fabulous planet we live on and asked yourself how it got here?  Was it by fluke chance as some teach or did something greater than us create it.  I am going to close with a short Bible lesson for you.   Let’s look at the first verse of the Bible, Genesis 1: 1:

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.

Now I want you to look at the first four words:   In the beginning God

Do you believe that?   Studies show that approximately 90% do.  If you believe that, how come you don’t believe everything that comes after it?   

Be Still, and know that I am God!

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