Psalm 46:10Â is an often quoted verse. It says,Â â€œBe still, and know that I am God.â€Â Itâ€™s on coffee mugs, posters, greeting cards. It is an invitation to experience God, to rest, slow down.
It is also an invitation that I and many others reject on a daily basis.
Our rejection of this invitation is interesting because of how tired most Americans are, how worn out we are, how run down we are from living life. You would think, the invitation from God for us toÂ be still and know that He is God would be a welcome invitation.
We donâ€™t stop because deep down, we want to be God.
But we reject it. Here are 3 reasons why.
1. WE HAVE TO ADMIT WEâ€™RE NOT GOD
First off, to be still and know that he is God means I need to admit that I am not God. I have to admit there are things outside of my control. Things I canâ€™t do. Things I canâ€™t handle. People and situations I cannot control. This is not a faÃ§ade many of us are willing to give up anytime soon. We know we arenâ€™t in control, but we are content to live with the illusion that weÂ might be.
2. WE HAVE TO STOP
Second, for me to be still means I am going to have to stop. Which means, slowing down, stopping things, resting. The reason most Americans donâ€™t Sabbath and rest isnâ€™t because we donâ€™t know how to or arenâ€™t very good at itâ€”we donâ€™t rest and slow down because we donâ€™t want to. As long as we are busy, we donâ€™t have to think about what is broken in our lives. We donâ€™t have to think about that situation from 10 years ago that we never dealt with and are trying to forget. Being still often means facing our sin. Being still gives God the opportunity to speak to us. But as long as we are moving, we are able to drown him out and not think about those broken places in our lives.
3. WE HAVE TO KNOW
Third is the crucial word â€œknow.â€ Most of the time, when we talk about faith in God or a lack of faith, it all has to do with our feelings. We talk about â€œnot feeling in loveâ€ as a reason for divorce. We donâ€™t feel Godâ€™s love, so it must not be real is a comment Iâ€™ve heard countless times. But,Â Psalm 46Â tells us to know that he is God. Not feel that he is Godâ€”feelings are fleeting and easy to dismiss. Knowing means I must slow down to ask, â€œWhat do I know about God? Looking at the world around me, what does that say about God? How have I seen God be faithful to redeem other things in my life, why not this thing I wonâ€™t give up?â€
By accepting Godâ€™s invitation, we find rest. We find life.
We donâ€™t slow down, not because we canâ€™t or donâ€™t have timeâ€”we donâ€™t stop because deep down, we want to be God. We donâ€™t want God to speak to us about those broken places in our lives, and weâ€™d like to keep being the victim in that situation instead of facing it and letting him redeem it.
But the invitation still stands, and by accepting it, we find rest. We find life. We find a place where we can let go of worries, hurt, frustrations andÂ be with God. Exactly where we need to be.