Southern Cancer Center’s “Bread Bite” series shares weekly words of encouragement and inspiration from local area churches. This week’s message is from Pastor Daniel Blaylock of Forest Hill Church of God in Mobile, Alabama.
“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalms 46:10 NIV)
The Hebrew word for “be still” literally means “let your hands fall”. Have you ever tried to fix your daughter’s broken toy, but she would not stop fidgeting with it herself? Have you ever tried to untie your son’s knotted shoelaces while he tried, too?
Our tendency when things get out of control is to panic; then we frantically try to fix the situation ourselves. Often we make it worse instead of better. There is a time for action; there is also a time to put our hands in our lap and let God work. That’s what it means to be still.
The second phrase is also important: “…and knows that I am God”, this means more than acknowledging the fact in our minds. The Hebrew idea means we come to know in our own experience that something is true. God does not want us just to read about how he helped others. He wants to prove in our own experience that he is faithful and can be trusted.
Are you facing a problem too big for you today? Is there a situation you have tried everything you know to fix, but it is still getting worse? Can I urge you to pray about it, take your hands off it for a while, and give God time to work? Let him prove his faithfulness in your life as you trust in him today.