Be Still And Know God (Biblical Perspectives)

Psalms 46:10
"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.

(source: hopecalls.org)





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