Faith & Life: When Two Words Command Your Attention

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When Two Words Command Your Attention

Be Still – God is Still in Control

by J.M. Troppello

Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!
(Psalm 46:10, NKJV)

The last few weeks have been difficult. My husband, sister, and I have been praying for something for a while now. It’s been getting difficult to keep holding onto God’s promises to us. During my quiet time with the Lord over the weekend, I felt like I heard it so clearly that God told me to be still, and know that I am God.

That’s one of my favorite verses in the Book of Psalms.

It’s one of my favorites because of those two words: be still.

That always gets my attention every time I read this verse or when God reminds me of it. When I’m crazy stressed or doing my own thing, things would be so much better if I took a breath and just obeyed those two words.

Those two words should catch your attention. However, the next six words are the important part of the verse. And know that I am God.

Wow, those words should help steady you. I know, they help steady me whenever I read this passage or recite it to myself – and actually internalize them.

That’s the key. These words can only help you when you internalize them and actually believe that God is telling you to be still and know that He is God. He is in control even when life seems completely out of control. He’s with you even when you feel stressed, frustrated, alone, and think that He won’t be true to His promises to you.

My husband and I were going over our budget this weekend. When we first moved into our place, the oil bill for the year was around $1,200. We’ve lived here for three and half years. We’re on the yearly budget plan and pay 11 payments per month. That’s been helpful in having enough money for oil, especially during the winter months. Our water is also heated by oil. This last year, the oil for the year totaled about $1,800. With the current price of oil over $5 per gallon, We’ll be paying around $2,200 or more (because the price of oil will likely only keep increasing) for the next year.

Honestly, that projected increase in price (and increased monthly payment) was one of the factors in making me stressed this weekend. However, in that deepest moment of stress, that’s when God reminded me to be still, and know that He is God.

According to the Thomas Nelson Study Bible, the rest of the verse from Psalm 46:10 pertains to impending judgment (see: Hab. 2:20, Zeph. 1:7, and Zech. 2:13). “God will be exalted. All the earth will bow before Him.”

No matter what you’re going through, know that God is with you. He knows what He’s doing. Trust Him to guide you through all the hills and the valleys that you’ll encounter in this life. We know the end of the story. God wins!

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J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.

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