Be Still and Know that I Am God
By Pastor Phil Dvorak
Be still and know that I am God. This verse has been popularized in our culture today. Popularized might be too kind; I think hijacked might be more appropriate. The verse in today’s culture means to slow down, stop striving, so far, so good. But the “know that I am God” part has been interpreted to mean such things as “All is God and God is in all”, “Find the God within”, and “Become one with the universal energy”. These statements are far from what this scripture was intended to mean.
Psalm 46 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth gives way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… 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.”
Our culture, for the most part, has the first part of this verse correct. Surrender to the fact that God is in control and stop striving. Be still. However, God is not some force we can manipulate to our desires and needs. He is the great I Am. He is not simply a higher power, he is the highest power. The “know” part of this verse is ultimate intimacy. To “know” God is a translation of the Hebrew word Yada, which means to fully know and to be fully known. It’s to fully recognize who God is and who we are in relationship to God. When we know God in this way, it changes everything.
Here is what I am calling “the four C’s” of knowing God, He:
1) Calms Us – Satan wants to confuse us. The great deceiver wants to distract us from truly knowing God, but God wants to give the weary rest. When we know God and know that he will never leave us or forsake us, no matter what storms we are facing, the knowledge that God is with us will give us a peace that surpasses all understanding. Though the earth gave way and the mountains quake, Mark 4:39 says, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
2) Convicts Us – Knowing God gives us the great gift of conviction. When we know who God is, we are convicted by our sin. When we truly reflect on the perfect character of God, we can’t help but see our sins and have godly sorrow. Satan, however, tries to conceal our sin, and tries to convince us that our sins aren’t really sins. The sickness concealed just gets infected and makes us sicker. As the saying goes in Alcoholics Anonymous, “you are only as sick as your secrets.”
3) Compels Us to Change – Knowing God convicts us, which then compels us to change. In 2 Corinthians 5:14 it says, “For Christ’s love compels us…” Knowing who God is and that He loved us to the point of dying on the cross should compel us to live a life set apart for Him. However, Satan will try to speak condemnation into your life and cage you in an attempt to enslave us to our past. Knowing God will remind us “there is no condemnation for those in Christ Jesus,” says Romans 8:1. Truly knowing God will change us.
4) Courage to Continue – Knowing God gives us courage to continue. “Though the earth give way and the mountains quake…” Knowing that the great I Am will never leave you nor forsake you should give you courage, courage to face the inevitable storms of this life. God has your back. Psalm 46:6-8 says, “The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” The creator of the universe wants you to know him and He wants to know you. Satan wants us to cower in fear. When you truly know God you will learn to fear no evil because God is with you.
Will you join me in spending a few moments today, be still and know that I am God, knowing God will change everything?