Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Be still and know...

Be still.
Be still and know.
Be still and know that I am God.
It starts with being still. Busyness will not bring the knowing that is needed. We can know many things is the rush of life in this century. Can study all manner of things. And, in fact, it's easy to tell what matters to a person by the content of their knowledge.  A person who spends her days with grease under her fingernails lying on her back beneath a car will likely know about auto mechanics. A person who stares through a telescope into the dark of night for a living hopefully knows astronomy. Where we store up our treasure of knowledge, we might say, reveals where our hearts are.

So what if we stop there? The world does. The world stops with knowledge as the great treasure worth seeking and personal satisfaction from that treasure as our chief aim. We have a right to it. To ourselves. To be still and selfish for our own aims, to plow down others in the way of getting what we need to achieve what we're meant to have. This is the lie of the world. And, sorry to say, even those of us who follow Christ allow it to creep into our thinking, though we wouldn't dare put it so baldly. We mask it, we put a face on it that looks pretty and pleasant and even unselfish, but then we go about our business, trying to get ahead.
Without getting past the first clause,
Or the second,
To the third,
Where the heart of this simple--but incalculably important--word from Psalm 46 resides.

Be still and know that I am God.
The knowing of eternity, the Kingdom knowing that "I" am God, and not anything or anyone else--this takes stillness. This takes a laying down of self, human knowledge (at least so far as it rules and pre-occupies us).  We are not God. This is one thing we have to know--to where our heart beats in our chest and our blood carries life to every part of our body, we must know this.
I AM God. I AM [is] God. The great I AM THAT I AM is God.
This is the omni-knowing we are given when we still ourselves to know Him.
How about that?
The closest we get to omniscience--to the Omniscient!--is in our own stillness.
It's not in learning more, seeking more, claiming more, hurrying after more. It's in being still before Him more.

Be still 
and know
that I am God.
Psalm 46: 10

“In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength."
Isaiah 30:15

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