By Venus Laney
"Be still, and know that I am God" Psalm 46:10
So many times when I have thought about this verse, it has been a reminder to 'let go and let God'. It is completely against the instincts of our flesh to surrender a problem to Him without trying to work it out within ourselves. Sometimes we need that reminder that it is necessary and ok to "BE STILL". But, today I am drawn to the part of the verse that instructs us to KNOW He is God. What does that really mean to "know"? Here are a few good definitions I found
1. To perceive directly; grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty.
2. To regard as true beyond doubt:
3. To have a practical understanding of, as through experience; be skilled in:
4. To have fixed in the mind:
5. To have experience of:
a. To perceive as familiar; recognize:
b. To be acquainted with:
6. To be able to distinguish; recognize as distinct:
7. To discern the character or nature of:
know. (n.d.). The American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition. Retrieved August 23, 2007, from Dictionary.com website
Isn't that awesome to think of knowing Him in these terms?
To grasp in the mind with CERTAINTY "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God." John 1:1 To understand God, we must learn from His word. This makes me think of preparing for a test in school. You couldn't rightfully say you learned something until you were able to apply it. That takes repetition, memorization, and application. We have to do more than just read His word, but repeat it and apply in our daily lives for it to become true knowledge.
To regard as true beyond doubt. Trust and believe that "he works all things together for the good of those who love Him and are called according to His purpose" no matter what the circumstances may look like. Don't allow doubt to enter your mind about your situation right now! Doubt is not trusting in His power or abilities. I accurately heard doubt described as putting faith in the devil. That's a harsh reality.
To have a practical understanding of, as through experience personal experience is KEY to knowing God. We can know ABOUT lots of people, but to truly say we KNOW someone means we have interacted with them and have personal accounts of our experiences.
To be able to distinguish; Discern the character or nature of ; We have to recognize and distinguish God's presence in our lives. "Then he was told, "Go, stand on the mountain at attention before God. God will pass by." A hurricane wind ripped through the mountains and shattered the rocks before God, but God wasn't to be found in the wind; after the wind an earthquake, but God wasn't in the earthquake; and after the earthquake fire, but God wasn't in the fire; and after the fire a gentle and quiet whisper. " 1 Kings 19:11-12. Elijah was able to discern that God was in that still small voice.
Why is all this so important? Because at the times when this verse is most often applied, we are in the midst of a storm. If you can't see God through the darkness or feel His presence in the turmoil, do you KNOW Him enough to say that He is there? Back to the analogy of school when you took a test, the information and book with the answers were not readily available where you could see them. But if you KNEW them, the answers were inside. And no one could take that from you.
If you are struggling right now, be still. Know Him. Trust Him. Remember the victories He has brought you in the past. Read the promises of hope in His word. Don't let doubt enter in and steal your faith. "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding" Proverbs 3:5 Look closely at the world around you and see areas that He IS operating in discern what He is doing elsewhere if you can't see Him at work in your own situation yet. Stir up your faith. My prayer for you right now is from the words of the apostle Paul in Ephesians 1:17; that God "may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation that you may KNOW HIM BETTER."
Venus Laney is an inspirational writer, songwriter and singer. Whether through songs of praise or written word, her personal reflection and use of God's word is meant to glorify the King and draw the listener/reader closer to Him.