It’s time to hear from the Coach!
What happens during a time-out at an athletic event, and why is one called? Perhaps the team needs to be steadied, or players need to re-focus on a pre-determined strategy or even change the game plan. Whatever the reason, it’s a time to hear from the Coach. And what a discipline for the athletes to quiet themselves enough, physically and mentally, so they can hear and process what their coach is saying.
“Be still and know … “
When we are purposefully still before Him we know deeply that HE IS GOD, our God. Click To Tweet
The order of this imperative in Psalm 46:10a is, of course, purposeful: “Be still and know that I am God.” We know intellectually that the Lord is God when we are going about our business, working, driving, running, shopping, and so on. But when we are purposefully still before Him we know deeply that HE IS GOD, our God, to Whom we have unlimited access, in Whom there is “the power of an endless life” (Heb.7:16); our God Who has “boundless might” (Eph.6:10, Amplified), Who loves us with a Love that surpasses knowledge (Eph.3:19), Whose peace passes all understanding (Phil.4:7)
” … I will be exalted … !”
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Now comes the proclamation that thrills our innermost being, especially as we are experiencing this unprecedented, world-arresting and everyone-affecting pandemic: “I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psa.46:10b) He will be seen for Who He really is, by believer and unbeliever alike! But would we believe this declaration, would we take it to heart and be deeply encouraged by it, if we hadn’t first quieted ourselves before God and really considered what it means for Him to say, ” … know that I am God.”? This “time-out” is a great and timely gift for believers and unbelievers alike, for all of us to prepare to meet our God (Amos 4:12).
” … the day of the Lord is near … “
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We read in Zephaniah 1:7, “[Hush!] Be silent before the Lord God; for the day of the Lord is near … “. The “game” is almost over and our “Coach” wants our attention. He wants us to “keep sound minded and self-restrained and alert … for [the practice of] prayer.” because “the end and culmination of all things has now come near” (I Peter 4:7). The Lord also commands in Zechariah 2:13, “Be still, all flesh, before the Lord, for He is aroused and risen from His holy habitation.” It’s almost as if the Lord Jesus Christ, our Bridegroom, is sitting on the edge of His Throne, asking the Father, “Is now the time? Can I go for My bride now?”! He is eagerly waiting to meet us in the clouds then personally escort us to Heaven, to be with Him forever! At the same time our souls are waiting upon Him in silence, in “silent submission” (Psalm 62:1,5).
“Let all the earth hush and keep silence before Him!” (italics mine)
People on the earth who don’t acknowledge or know the Lord don’t realize that He is in His holy temple (Habakkuk 2:20), that His Throne is established in the heavens and His Kingdom rules over all (Psalm 103:19). What a gift then, to so arrest the entire world by this pandemic virus that all of its inhabitants are forced to slow down and consider this work that God has done – or allowed – to get our attention.
“Listen in silence before Me … ” (Isaiah 41:1)
“O earth, earth, earth, hear the Voice of the Lord!” (Jeremiah 22:29) In Revelation 3:20 we see the Lord again wanting to get the attention of both saved and unsaved people: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears, listens to, heeds My Voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and him with Me.” But how can the hearts of men hear His Voice, His Word, except there be sufficient silence? It’s a still, small Voice that reaches the available, open and quieted heart (I Kings 19:12), and the Voice of His mouth (Acts 22:9,14) is heard by those whose ears are inclined and available to hear the Voice of God behind the voice of His messengers (Psalm 62:11; I Thess.2″13).
“the secret of the … sweet, satisfying companionship of the Lord … “ (Psalm 25:14)
Be quiet, listen in silence, and receive instructions from our Heavenly Coach as we near the end of our race. Click To TweetWe as His people can rejoice in such a time as this, where we are restrained, restricted and shut up, and “cannot [even] go into the house of the Lord.”! (Jeremiah 36:5) We have indeed entered our chambers and shut our doors behind us, and are hiding ourselves till the plague is past! (Isaiah 26:20) Yet we have superabundant, overflowing Grace available to us to be still; to quiet and calm our souls (Psalm 131:2); to listen in silence for the still, small Voice; to receive final instructions from our Heavenly Coach as we near the end of our race; and to enjoy “the secret of the sweet, satisfying companionship of” our Bridegroom while waiting for Him to come for us … an event which is imminent!