I’ve been debating on what to write for the last couple weeks as there have been so many of life’s issues with which my husband and I are battling. Yet my spirit quickened as I was turning the page to a new book I’m reading entitled The Prayerful Spirit by Dr. James P. Gills. In the Chapter One heading under What is Prayer? There was a scripture in the subtitle that read “Be still and know that I am God.” (Psalm 46:10)
Which is so profound. Consequently, every month last year, this has been the backdrop scripture in my life. I have quoted it more times than I can remember. And in 2020 God still keeps giving it to me and confirming it through others conversations, prophecies or in a book I’ve written. I even have a checkbook cover with that scripture on it. It is as if God is keeping this scripture before my face like a stop sign in traffic. But why?
The LORD Almighty is with us…
The entire scripture reads, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Which is enveloped in a much larger scripture that exemplifies the power and security the writer has in God: “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the LORD has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
Be still. This is a command for those involved in battle to cease fighting, to be still. The Hebrew word rapa, translated “be still” in this verse means to “cease, let drop, be weak, or slacken.” It does not mean to sit and be quiet as most christians may think. It denotes two people fighting until they are separated by a neutral entity who makes them concede their weapons. Then the warriors can acknowledge their trust in God only after the battle has stopped. For God’s people being “still” would mean surrendering the battle to the LORD (cf. 2 Chronicles 20:15); for God’s enemies, being “still” would mean ceasing to fight a battle they cannot possibly win.
…he is fighting God.
This is why the scriptures teach us to just stand. (cf. Ephesians 6:10-13) Because when you stand in righteousness the enemy is not fighting you—he is fighting God. Who holds all power of heaven and earth in his hands. Who has never lost a battle or a soul; even with the most remote odds. In the New Testament Jesus states, ” And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand.” (cf. John 10:28)
“…and know that I am God…” In this biblical context “know” means to acknowledge Him. Acknowledging Him as not only God but as he told Moses, ” And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH (Yahweh) was I not known to them. (cf. Exodus 6:3). Simply put, the patriarchs did not know him by his power of manifestation. JEHOVAH is power over every aspect of our lives. And with this revelation we should have the confidence in knowing Who we serve.
Go back, search the scriptures. He brought the Israelites through the Red Sea on dry land. (cf. Exodus 14:22) He defeated an innumerable army with only three hundred men. (cf. Judges 7:22) Through Samson He defeated one thousand soldiers with the jawbone of an ass.(cf. Judges 15:14-15) And through the words of a prophet he raised an entire army from the dead. (cf. Ezekiel 37:1-18) There are many more examples in your bible.
Trust in Him to keep His Word
I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” When it comes to integrity—Trust in Him to keep His Word; for He holds His Word above His name! (cf. Psalm 138:2) We must take our rest and refuge in God. He that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the LORD, he is my refuge and my fortress; My God: in Him will I trust.(cf. Psalm 91:1-2)
And remember. No matter the battles you may be facing today or tomorrow. Be they spiritual, physical, psychological or financial—you are not fighting them alone. JEHOVAH can restore and resurrect any situation in your life. Right now you cannot see your way. But ‘know‘ when your way is cleared and the dust has settled… “Do not tremble and do not be afraid; Have I not long since announced it to you and declared it? And you are My witnesses Is there any God besides Me, Or is there any other Rock? I know of none.” (cf. Isaiah 44:8) Then for a truth you will ‘know‘ your Redeemer lives.
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