One of the most quoted Bible verses is Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God!” Too often we just think of it as an invitation to silence. But it is an invitation for a whole new way of thinking. It is an invitation for a peace-filled way of life! Let’s explore!
The Message Bible paraphrases Psalm 46:10 this way:
“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.”
(Psalm 46:10, MSG)
God is asking us to take a pause and take a good look at him and know that he is God and we are not. That life or death or victory is not about us. But about God!
The Amplified Bible translates Psalm 46:10 this way:
Let be and be still, and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth! (Psalm 46, 10, AMP)
God is calling us to recognize that he is GOD Almighty!
God is calling us to understand that nothing is impossible for him.
God is calling us to let him be our God so we could be human beings in his care.
In order to be able to live worry-free we need to remember this advice by Hannah Whitall Smith: “What is needed for happy effectual service is simply to put your work into the Lord’s hand, and leave it there. Do not take it to Him in prayer, saying, “Lord, guide me, Lord, give me wisdom, Lord, arrange for me,” and then arise from your knees, and take the burden all back, and try to guide and arrange for yourself. Leave it with the Lord, and remember that what you trust to Him you must not worry over nor feel anxious about. Trust and worry cannot go together.”
Trust and worry/prayer and worry cannot go together. We need to choose. Do we trust God fully? Or do we think our worrying will solve problems?
If we agree that God is trustworthy we should embrace his promises and stop worrying. C.S.Lewis guides us how to truly live in grace like a care-free child of God: “To trust Him means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way.”
Living in grace is indeed living life in a less worried way.
We pray and we trust and we bask in his grace no matter what.
Especially when life gets hectic I’ve found it helpful to…
keep on praying until praise flows.
read the Bible until the Spirit fills my heart.
not let God go before I have his peace.
If we step back and take time to breath out our worries and breath in the Spirit of God,
we enter into a grace-filled existence.
If we step back and take time to understand the power of God,
we are ready to let go of fear and welcome peace into our hearts.
If we step back and take time to acknowledge God’s presence in our lives,
we get a whole new perspective for living:
It’s not about us. It’s all about God and his amazing grace!
We thank you for being our GOD.
Help us to let go of worrying.
You are in charge.
You are in control.
We thank you for being our GOD.
Enable us to live care-freely before you.
Strengthen our faith and trust in you:
We want to bask in your grace.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Are you able to let go of worries and let God take over your life? Why/why not?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you learn more and more live in grace!