“Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Over the last few days, we have been looking at Isaiah 40, “Behold your God!” God wants us to know who He is. Today’s verses tell us five really important things:
First: We need to “be still.” This doesn’t mean we do nothing and just sit still; it means that our souls rest in Him. In other words, we trust Him, we give Him our fears and we stop trying to find a way through our troubles with our own strength and wisdom. As the old hymn says: “Be still, my soul, the Lord is on your side.”
Second: We need to “know that He is God.” Start reminding yourself who God is. Think about His wisdom, His power, His goodness, His love and everything else that describes Him.
Third: We need to know that “He will be exalted”. That means He is high above everything, seated on the throne. Nothing is too big for Him. Nothing is out of His control. But notice it says, “will be exalted.” This is not saying that things are out of control now but that, when we have troubles, we often don’t see that He is exalted. He still is exalted – always – that is why we need to “be still” and trust Him. The day will come when His exaltation will be demonstrated and we will see.
Fourth: “God is with us” (v11). You are not on your own. The Lord is with you.
Fifth: “He is our fortress.” You can run to Him (Proverbs 18:10) and hide in Him. Whatever you face today, He is stronger and you can trust Him. Praise His name.