So tell me: How, in these troubling times can I respond to the command in Psalm 46:10: “Be still, and know that I am God.”
As I write, economic, political and social gyrations around
the world leave us unsettled, portending an uncertain future. In this
past year, numerous madmen have gone amuck, randomly slaughtering
innocents across the globe; innumerable financial scams at the highest
levels of commerce have defrauded untold millions. Daily, it seems,
terrorists unleash their irrational fury in the public square. In my
small community families are unraveling at an alarming rate.
It appears to me that most people around me live with an
internal angst over these and other troubling events that daily crash
in upon them. Few, it seems truly experience the peace of Christ in
their daily lives. Yet, the Scriptures call us to “be still and know that [He is] God.” (See Hab. 2:20;
Psalm 46 gives us assurance that such a tranquility of soul is possible:
God promises us that amidst our troubles, he is our refuge, strength and fortress:
“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble…The God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah” (Psa. 46:1,11b). Therefore, we can choose - moment by moment - to rest in Him over our circumstances.
We choose not to fear by surrendering to him the events that are out of our control:
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. Selah
” (Psa. 46:2, 3). (See Psa. 23:4; 27:3; Heb.13:6)
We also choose to rest in his sovereign assurance that by his presence he controls the outcome of calamitous events in our world
God dwells in that city; it cannot
be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it…He causes
wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the
spear; he burns the shields with fire
” (Psa. 46:5, 9).
Ultimate freedom in life is the will to choose the right
attitude. We can either be paralyzed by fear, or liberated from its
tyranny. It all depends on our view of God: We can choose to believe he
is the Sovereign God of the universe, or a bit player on the world
stage. One choice leads to inner solitude, the other to inner turmoil.
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill