Be Still And Know God (Biblical Perspectives)
"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth"
Be Still. Still is a remarkable word which is expressed as an adjective a noun or a verb. Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm, quiet, hush, noiselessness, tranquillity, peace, serenity (noun) quieten, quiet, hush, silence (verb). Its origins are Old English, West Germanic meaning fixed or stand. So stillness represents both action and inaction- we have to actively make a decision to be inactive- does that make sense?
God wants us to actively cultivate stillness by removing activity, noise and by being silent. It is not mindfulness which is about emptying the mind! It is about accommodating the presence of God.
And Know. Know is a verb, which means to be aware of through observation, inquiry or information. It also involves the act of noticing, perceiving, understanding, appreciating, sensing. Knowing consists of developing a relationship with someone through meeting and spending time with them to be familiar, friendly or intimate with them.
God wants us to establish an intimate relationship with him where we actively engage all the faculties of our mind: intellect, emotions and will to study, understand and perceive who he is.
That I Am God. God describes himself as “I Am” in Exodus 3:4 when Moses asks how he should be introduced to the Children of Israel who had spent 430 year in Egypt. They did not know who God was.
God knows us intimately- he made us. Jeremiah 1:5 states that he knew us before we were even born. Unless we establish a relationship with God, we will not know him. We may know about him, but to know him requires effort on our part.
So how do we become still and know God?
Make time and identify a place to meet with God and spend uninterrupted time in his presence.
Where can we find God?
There are so many facets to God - he is simultaneously unfathomable and knowable. It is only through the process of being still and actively seeking to know God that we can begin to understand who he is and develop an intimate relationship with him- Our Heavenly Father who longs to be involved in our lives to bless us and to fulfil his plans for us.
- 1. In the bible - his word. The Holy Spirit who inspired the scriptures will also help you to interpret them. God will also reveal himself to us when we read his word.
- 2. In nature – Psalms 19:1 states that the heavens declare God’s glory. The evidence of divine handiwork is all around us- it is good to take time to appreciate it. In doing so, we are appreciating God.
- 3. From others- we can learn a lot from the testimonies of others – what their relationship with God is like, how they got to know him, how they maintain their relationship as well as what he has done in their lives.
- 4. Through prayer- we communicate to God our feelings, needs, aspirations, fears through prayer. God speaks to us through his word and we speak to him through prayer. Over time, we can establish the intimacy required to know God through the two way communication of prayer and the word.
Collection of Biblical Perspectives
The Lifesaving Good News The gospel, otherwise known as the "good news", is described by Paul in Romans 1:16 as the "power of God unto salvation to all who believes"...more
Happiness; a much-sought after state of mind is, according to the bible, what all Christians need to be striving for...more
Nothing of Himself It’s interesting in the scriptures above that an important aspect of Christ’s mission was to reveal the character of God...more
Peace When placed in context of the scriptural passage, we find Jesus describing his mission on earth as God's spiritual peace envoy...more
My Faith Faith is intangible and invisible and yet it is an essential element in the Christian walk...more
Salvation: The Ark of God! We need not question any further; God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit work in partnership to execute the mystery of salvation...more
The Anatomy of Repentance Paradoxically, when we are engaged in it, it is "sin" that feels like height and "repentance" that seems like depths...more
The Purpose of Joy Joy therefore is the natural response to the transformation brought about by divine intervention...more
Be Still And Know God Stillness is a state of mind- not moving or making a sound (adjective) deep silence and calm...more
Finding Our Purpose If we are made in the image and likeness of God, he expects us to have his character as well...more
Suffering to Learn from What is clear however is that God has designed suffering for us to learn from, praise Him for and gain righteousness in...more
Forgiveness God is the king who mercifully forgave the debt of ten thousand talents which was owed to him by one of his servants...more
Prayer In the parable prayer is characterised as an impossible activity: an exchange between the lowest of the low in society with the most inaccessible authority of the land...more
Weariness We need not succumb to fear when we have God on our side. If we exchange human fear with "fear of the Lord" we have wisdom...more
Have Faith in God! It is interesting that prayer is the essential component in developing faith in God...more
Thanksgiving He was a model intercessor whose primary motivation was God's glory (see Nehemiah 1:4-11)...more