OYB March 3

Filed in ReligionTags: Christianity, Devotions, One Year Bible

Today´s reading:
OT: Leviticus 27:14-34, Numbers 1
NT: Mark 11:1-26
Ps: Psalm 46
Pr: Proverbs 10:23

Today´s notable verse:

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 (NIV)

"Be still, and know that I am God;" - one of the most well-known phrases from the whole of the Psalms. What peace and comfort these words embody! We don't need to suffer anxiety; rather, we can rest in the peace of God (Philippians 4:4-6) - the peace of knowing that God is God: soverign, benevolent, and all-powerful. Thank you, Lord, for giving us the comfort of You!

The One Year Bible Blog asks:

Comments from You & Question of the Day - Back to Psalm 46 verse 10 - “Be still, and know that I am God.” What does it mean to you to “Be still, and know that I am God?” Do you believe that being still during times of trouble can draw you closer to God? How do you make yourself "still" before God?

Either Mike and I think too much alike, or the Spirit just has a wonderful sense of humor! I think stillness has several aspects: stillness of mind (peace, as opposed to anxiety and worry), stillness of heart (faith, rather than fear), stillness of body (restfulness, rather than nervous restlessness). All of these characteristics/responses come from knowing that God is who He says He is. God is infinite and eternal: having created the infinitely large expanse of the universe yet concered with the infinitely small details of my life; God is omniscient: knowing everything that has happened, is happening, and will happen; God is omnipresent: being everywhere always; God is omnipotent: Creator of everything, and more powerful than anything.

Making myself "still" before God sometimes involves finding a place of physical stillness/solitude and sometimes involves finding the stillness within myself despite the turmoil surrounding me; however, making myself "still" always involves meditating on God's Word, and offering to Him in prayer all of my concerns and struggles - and doing so out of an attitude of thanksgiving that God is in control. I referenced it earlier, but I will do so again: Philippians 4:4-9 is such a wonderful, powerful passage:

4 Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! 5 Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. 8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. 9 Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.

Philippians 4:4-9 (NIV)

Thus, the key to overcoming anxiety and finding the stillness of peace in God is turning over our anxiety to God in prayer, meditating on the things of God (rather than dwelling on our concerns or letting our minds wander into areas of sin), and emulating the Word of God and those who exemplify that Word.