Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”
We’ve heard this verse a million times. We’ve seen it on coffee cups, on calendars, and Facebook posts. Usually it has a beautifully serene backdrop that has at least three of the following:
- Field of flowers
- Log cabin
Add a beautiful hand-written script font to the verse and the message is complete — take time to slow down and reflect on who God is.
There’s only one problem with that – it’s not what this verse is actually saying. It is true that most of us have overcrowded schedules, and would benefit greatly from taking a deep breath and meditating on the goodness of God. There are many Scriptures that encourage us to do that. This is simply not one of them. In fact, it’s quite the opposite.
This verse does not take place in a lily field, but instead a battle field. It’s telling us to put down our coffees and pick up our swords. And here we stand, on the battle line. Adrenaline pumping. Scared to death. The enemy approaches. Our heart is beating so hard and fast that we wonder if it will pound out of our chest.
Just as the battle is about to ensue, a Warrior steps to the front of the battle line. He looks back and sees us struggling to hold it all together. This Warrior senses that all we really want to do is run and hide. He looks sympathetically into our terrified eyes, and cracks a smile as He whispers to us, “Check this out. I’m about to single-handedly destroy this enemy. You see those bows and spears over there? I’m about to snap those over My knees like twigs! Yes, you are way over-matched by that fierce lineup of chariots over there, but I’m not. We’ll be roasting S’mores over them in just a few minutes!” (My loose paraphrase of verses 8-9)
Now, let’s get back to the verse that started this conversation – verse 10 – “Be still and know that I am God.” Take courage today, knowing that no matter what battle you face, there is a God, bigger than your battles, who will fight them for you.