Finish this sentence: "Be still and know that I am God..."
If you are like me, it is likely that you responded, "Period." After all, most of us don't know, or don't remember, that there is much more to that famous sentence than just the part we so readily quote off the top of our heads. And ironically, the part we don't remember is actually key to accomplishing the part that we do remember. Being still and knowing that he is God is not an easy task. In fact, for many of us, stillness is something that feels darn near impossible. Why is that?
That's where the second part of the sentence comes in: "I will be exalted among the nations; I will be exalted in the earth." (Psalm 46:10) What a great reminder from God: "Me being exalted is not up to you. In fact, I will be exalted just fine without you. And until you truly believe that, you will never be able to be still and silent before me. The salvation of the world does not depend on you, but on me. You are not as necessary in the grand scheme of things as you'd like to think you are. That is not meant to diminish or demean you, but to set you free. So be still and know that I am God. That is not a suggestion or a recommendation, but a command. I will be exalted among the nations; and I will be exalted on earth. I will be exalted in your family and in your work and in your neighborhood and in your world, and even in your ministry, with or without you. After all, it is not your life and your ministry, and even your world, in the first place, but mine. So be still and know that I am God. I've got this. And if you do not fully believe that, if you do not fully believe the second part of the verse, then you will never be able to experience the first part. And I want so much more for you than that."
So let us pray the words of this ancient prayer. For maybe if we are faithful to pray them over and over again, we will one day come to believe them. And then maybe they will begin to take shape and take root in our hearts and our lives.