Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth.”
[Psalm 46:10]

During times of pressure, full of to-do lists and busy calendars, this verse definitely proves challenging. When we look around us, chat with people, watch the news and become increasingly aware of so much need and injustice around us (no matter where we live), our first impulse naturally is one of indignation and a desire to move heaven and earth to see a change in our community, family or our own life.

The simple petition to remain still through adverse conditions sounds illogical. However, it is not so when in the midst of every effort, God takes the stage of our lives. God, the Creator who knows us better than anyone, who made us, and knows our qualities and our limits, who, in full wisdom, invites us to deal with our struggles in stillness.

But… what does stillness mean in this context? For me, according to my personal experience with God, stillness means to have a time of intimacy with Him, in which we offer up and surrender every worry, task, commitment and cause with which we identify ourselves and for which we are willing to fight; to take time to rest in Him, breathe in His peace, and also receive instructions as to what we should do next and discern in which areas we should rest in His power.

The most amazing thing about all of this is that, when we respond in this way, God gives us a promise: “Be still, and know that I am God, I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” God does not ask us to enter into a state of apathy, laziness or resignation amidst difficult situations, rather He asks us to be still in Him, and while we give over everything in His presence, He will show Himself to be who He is: all-powerful, merciful and the miracle maker, who works supernaturally in those things that go beyond our control. He will be exalted on this earth when we allow Him to act in our adversities as He will work in ways we cannot.

Many times when I have searched for a solution or yearned for justice in my own strength, I have burned out, I have been frustrated, I have become depressed. And I am still not the best person for being still in God’s presence, but each day I keep trying to allow Him to work in my life and be exalted through my testimony; when I cannot, He always can and does work powerfully.

 

Cinthia Valdez - Director of Youth Program