“Be STILL and KNOW …”
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There are certain verses in the Word of God that we hear often and seem to be reminded of frequently; Psalm 46:10a is one such verse: “Be still and know that I am God; …” But let’s for a moment think of just the first four words: “Be still and know …”. Know that He has given us unlimited access to the Throne of Grace, to receive Mercy in times of failure and to find Grace in time of need (Heb.4:16). Know that if we “listen in silence before Him…”, drawing near to Him alone or with His people, we will have our strength renewed so that we can speak words of Life to others (Isaiah 41:1). Know that if you will be still in the morning and prepare a prayer for Him, and watch and wait on Him, He will speak to your heart (Psalm 5:3). We know that after Elijah was still before the Lord, bowed down before Him with his face between his knees, that the “abundance of rain” which he’d heard by faith finally came after years of no rain and severe drought (I Kings 18:41-46). Abundance after stillness.
In Him we are in the very Presence of God.
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Hebrews 9:24 reveals the comforting truth of where we really are living as believers: “Jesus Christ has entered into Heaven itself, in the very Presence of God on our behalf.” This Heavenly sanctuary, the Psalmist tells us, is “where … true holiness [is found], away from sin and guilt.” (Psalm 77:13) It is so important that we grasp this fundamental, life-transforming truth! We always are exactly where God is, no matter what our experience is telling us to the contrary; and we could not be in a safer, more restful yet strength-imparting place than in this Throne-room of the God of all Grace. Hebrews 6: 18b-20 confirms this truth: “…that … we who have fled to Him for refuge might have mighty indwelling strength and strong encouragement to grasp and hold fast the hope appointed for us and set before us. We have this hope as an anchor for our soul [it cannot slip and it cannot break down under whoever steps out upon it – a hope] that reaches farther and enters into [the very certainty of the Presence] within the veil, where Jesus has entered in for us in advance, a Forerunner having become a High Priest forever…” (Amplified Bible). This is the truth of our position, right now and forever. But … we so easily forget, and lose the experience of, our status and place in Him Who stands in the very Presence of God. This is why it is vital that we receive Grace to take the time to sit still and listen in silence before Him, letting Him give us the quietness that our souls long for and which He is so ready to give: ” … they are glad because they are quiet; so He guides them into their desired haven.” (Psalm 107:30) Furthermore, Job 34:29a tells us that when the Lord gives quietness, who then can cause trouble [inwardly]!? We learn to rest in His Love as He is resting in His Love (Zephaniah 3:17), and suddenly we find ourselves restored to the “normal” Christian life that He intended us to have!
Our resources in Him are BOUNDLESS!
Once we are quiet enough to listen to His Voice, to realize and meditate upon, and enjoy, what we already have in Him, then we become aware once again of the boundlessness of His abundance ….”exceedingly abundant beyond all we could ask or think or even imagine”! (Eph.3:20) In Romans 15:13 we read about the overflowing hope we have when we choose to live by faith, which allows the God of our hope to “so fill us with all joy and peace … , that by the power of the Holy Spirit we might be bubbling over … with hope!” This same awesome God of all Grace has promised that they “who receive His overflowing Grace and the free gift of righteousness … will reign as kings in life through … Jesus Christ …” (Romans 5:17). Regarding strength, when we draw it from Him it affords us “boundless might” (Eph.6:10) Then in John 3:34b we are braced with inner strength by the “boundless … gift God makes of His Spirit!” Can we grasp the fact of this multi-faceted abundance that the Lord promises us? Will we choose to believe it above feelings, sight and reasoning, which leave us living as paupers instead of reigning as kings? His Grace is sufficient for us to choose and live in the latter.
Through Him nothing is ever too difficult or impossible.
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When we are conscious of and believing what we already have in Him, we have tremendous confidence that His provision, of whatever sort it may be, will never end. We will never run out of the resources we need to finish our course and fight the good fight of faith. Indeed, there is inside of us the power of an endless Life (Heb.7:16), and indisputably we can do ALL things through Him (Phil.4:13).
But we have an enemy who hates that we have what he never will, and he will do all in his limited power to blind us to the unlimited provisions we have in Christ. He’ll do it through busyness (both mental and physical), through preoccupation with the things of this world, through over occupation with family and other important relationships …. whatever it takes to prevent us from being still and listening in silence before the Lord, so that we might KNOW and benefit from what we possess in Christ.
The Ultimate Place of Stillness
With all the above said, there can be no true stillness – not even in the most serene surroundings – unless there is death to self and a continual reckoning on the fact that “I am crucified with Christ” and “I am dead, … my life … hid with Christ in God.” (Gal.2:20; Col.3:3) Just as physical death is “stillness” to our human bodies, so is our co-crucifixion with Christ on the Cross to our entire being, including the inner life. Therefore, even if we have difficulty finding a space of time to be quiet before the Lord, we can nonetheless be still in our innermost being and tap into the unlimited, super abounding resources we have in Him.
By His never-ending and overflowing Grace, we truly can live and reign as kings in this life no matter what is happening around us. Let us receive Grace, then, to be still and know Him ever more intimately and to tap into all that He has for us with the never-failing Faith of the Son of God, by which we now live!