I spent over an hour last night consoling my seven, soon to be eight-year-old, daughter in my arms as she cried. She cried over hurt feelings. She cried because things change. She cried because she did not understand. She cried because life’s not fair. She cried in anguish of facing what tomorrow might bring. She cried and asked me, “Why?”.
I have spent the hours since that time reflecting on her innocent plea for knowledge. I answered the best this Mama could, and tried to reassure her in my comforting embrace, that in time all things would work out. I tried to keep my answers positive and full of assurance. I reminded her that we needed to trust God. I called to her mind the many Bible stories we have read and how God took care of His people. I prayed with her and for her. And I prayed for myself, because in my own heart there are thousands of “WHY’s” that I do not have answers to.
Why would someone harm an innocent child? Why would someone murder another for a few bucks? Why do we hurt each other with words that can’t be taken back? Why does my friend have cancer? Why did my love one have to die? Why can’t I seem to get ahead? Why must things seem so bleak? Why does abuse abound? Why must there be so much suffering? Why should one family be faced with such tragedy? Why must families fall apart? Why can’t we live in peace with one another? Why can’t we love one another like we should? Why, Lord, why?
Through the midst of my own tears and questions, comes a still small voice. It echoes a familiar verse. Our Sunday School lesson was on based on it. Our minds know it by heart. It is a verse that is found on many cards. It is framed and hung on many walls. It is painted on canvases and printed on shirts. It is the theme and background of many songs and sermons. Where ever we look we find this verse, yet we still don’t get it:
“Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Why does God want me to be still?
To be still means to be calm and rational, to let go and relax. It means to stop worrying, stop fighting and striving. It means to be free from turbulence and commotion, without waves. To be still I must be peaceful, motionless, stationary and silent.
We’ve all seen someone overcome by panic. We’ve watched as their emotions raced out of control. We’ve watched as they would jump from one conclusion to another searching frantically for answers. We’ve thought they need to get a hold of themselves. We’ve watched them fall apart as fear and anxiety took control of their life. We’ve been that person. We’ve been there ourselves. God can’t hold me in His arms if I am racing around irrational. He can’t reassure me if my mind is overwhelmed by chaos. Our loving Father calls for us to be still.
Be still, let me hold you.
Be still, let me reassure you.
Be still, and let me love on you.
Be still and hear my voice of peace.
He not only calls for us to be still, but He wants us to know. To know is to perceive or understand as fact and truth, to comprehend clearly with certainty. It means we have established and fixed our minds on the truth. To know means we have been acquainted with by sight, experience or report. To know means you are able to distinguish truth from lies.
Be STILL AND KNOW….
Know that I Am God. Remember Who I am. Recall what you know to be the Truth.
YOUR FAITHFUL KING AND LORD
Know that all you need I AM. I AM your God. I love you with an everlasting love. I have never failed you, nor forsaken you and I never will. I have overcome the world, and you will too. Nothing catches me off guard. Everything that happens to you is ordained and blessed by ME. Not a tear falls from your eye that I don’t see. Not a question forms in your mind that I don’t know. Not a prayer goes unheard or unanswered by Me, your Father. Trust Me and Know Me. I will make all things work for your good. Behold, I make all things new.
As a soldier is commanded to be still, to trust what he knows, and to wait for his commanding officer’s instructions so are we. God is commanding us to be still in the presence of the enemy, to wait for instructions, to trust what we have been taught and wait patiently for instruction from our Commander.
He’s gone before us. He sees the future. He knows what we need best. Be still and know….
Know your God. Know that He is in control of all things. Know that He will never fail you. Know that He is your I AM.
Father, help us to remember Who You are. Remind us of Your faithfulness, of Your love, of Your mercy and of Your grace. Remind us that we are more precious to You than any treasure we could name. And, Father when the “Why’s” come, remind us that we are never alone. Remind of that in time all things will be revealed. Remind us that You make all things new. In Jesus Name, Amen.