still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be
exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 64:10)
Why should the Lord require us to be still? First, it is because He is definitely in charge of His creation. Secondly, the whole world is in the palms of His hands. (Isaiah 49:16) Therefore He is in total control of all circumstances. By telling us to “Be still,” He puts us at a position of advantage which requires us to be collected, calm and steady. What complete assurance that gives!
“Hold it! Stay put!” in the current context of a world that is so busy running after things, may not sound practical because we live in a world that wants things done now, instantly. We rush through everything to catch up with time. Yet there are only twenty-four hours in a day. Let us take things in stride therefore.
In the face of our every day anxieties over the future, over our jobs, over our children and the ever-increasing challenges of daily living, God is telling us to keep still. We cannot truly evaluate the size of the problem, nor can we truly fathom the length, breadth, width and height of the issues we are confronted with. We do not either master the waves or the underlying currents. We only see the surface, the tip of the iceberg as it were. With such scanty information what lasting solutions can we come up with?
Man’s intelligence cannot compare with God’s wisdom. The psalmist is asking us to “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him.” (Psalm 37:7) Wait for Him to act. He will never appear late on the scene or take delayed action. God is the author of time. Though He lives outside of time, everything revolves around Him. Times and seasons are in His hands.
How much impatience have we not displayed and yet have been unable to fix anything permanently without His help? Our God wants us happy; He willingly and readily creates time for His creation – which we are. There is nothing He cannot do. “I am the Lord, is anything too hard for me to do?” He makes Himself readily available. “Be still before the Lord, all mankind, because He has roused Himself from His holy dwelling.” (Zechariah 2:13)
Moses took the initiative to solve Israel’s predicament all by himself. He ended up committing murder and had to flee Egypt. Such action
characterised sheer impatience on his part.
Abraham wanted to go ahead of God’s plan in collusion with his spouse Sarah and that has caused even greater calamity by bringing
Ishmael - who was not the son of promise, into the world. This couple sought to take matters into their hands instead of leaving it to God to handle it Himself. After all He was the One who made the promise. The onus was therefore on Him to keep His promise – which in fact he did. No problem is permanent in nature; God will always make a way out for us if we are not weary and if we do not faint. Most times are efforts amount to nothing; if anything, they just complicate issues the more.
Understand that there is nothing too hard for God to accomplish. “Nothing is impossible with God!” (Luke 1:37) So we must learn to confer with and entrust everything into God’s divine hands. We just cannot imagine what the Lord has in store for us. “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love them.” (1 Corinthians 2:9)
Domains where we have ceased to be effective, we need to handover to the One who is able, who knows, sees and hears everything. Nothing is unknown to Him. “Before you speak I know what is going to come out of your mouth.” “I know your thoughts afar off.” David the Psalmist was conscious of this when he penned these words: “Where shall I go from your presence...” (Psalm 139:7) He recognised to what extent depending on his inability could advance his course or establish him in his kingdom. Relying on one’s knowledge and experience is never enough to pave our way forward in the walk with God. It is only when we come as a little baby who cannot do anything but who depends entirely on his or her parents can we witness the hand of God in our lives.
Our God is capable. “What is impossible with men is possible with God.” (Luke 18:27) It may be foolhardy to trust in our limited abilities rather let us leave everything in God’s hands. “We know that we all possess knowledge. Knowledge puffs up but love builds up. The man who thinks he knows something does not yet know as he ought to know.” (1 Corinthians 8:1-3)
Trust God to handle all our problems. He makes a way where there seems to be no way. He bids us: BE STILL!