Week 1: Be still
Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted throughout the earth!”
The world truly finds itself in a time where fear is running rampant, where hearts are uncertain, where people are questioning God, where there is a desperate need for hope, faith, and love.
I felt led to write a devotion a day during our nation’s lockdown – I truly pray that this series of 10 will be a blessing to you as we journey together through these days – we are NOT alone!
Psalm 46:10, has been on my heart and mind the past few days, “Be still and know that I am God! I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted throughout the earth!”
It seems so fitting in these times – especially during the lockdown where we were ‘forced’ to be still – removed from the business of our day-to-day lives. I am such a ‘doer’, so the thought of staying still and being away from people for soooooo long frightened me. But, I noticed that this is not a passive ‘still’ but a ‘doing’ still, it is a peace in knowing, trusting and having faith that God is God and has never ceased to be God – even in chaos, He is still in control. He has not given up His authority, and in the end, He will use it all for good and for His glory.
“Be still and know that I am God…”— is written in the context of a time of trouble and war; where fear ran rampant, where hearts were uncertain, where people questioned God, where there was a desperate need for hope, faith, and love – similar to where we find ourselves today. God’s people should interpret the command to read more like: ‘snap out of it,’ ‘wake up,’ ‘stop fearing’—acknowledge who your God is—be in awe of who He is! We need to have faith in who God is, and who He is during such a time as this.
“I will be exalted among the nations…” The Hebrew word for “nation” in this context means foreign nations or Gentiles. During this time, we need to trust and pray that nations, and even people in our own nation that do not know Christ, will come to know Him and exalt Him as Lord and King of their lives. God is shaking the nations; people are realising that they are not in control and cannot control their futures, people are faced with the reality of COVID-19 (and its widespread reach) and the possibility of death. We need to be loving towards these people and point them to Christ during this time.
“I will be exalted throughout the earth…” God does not simply stop at just the nations of this world – but says that He will be exalted throughout the earth. This is a time where darkness seems to be everywhere, for believers and non-believers alike. We need to encourage our brothers, sisters and even those who do not follow Christ, with hope – we need to light the ‘fires’ in the darkness and point out that there is still hope. By the grace of God this too shall pass. We need to give the world hope during this time so that others may see Jesus and ultimately glorify HIM and exalt HIM.