Be still, and know that I am God:
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.
~ Psalm 46:10 ~
Our Father knows when we need rest; He provides it for us in many different ways. Sometimes rest comes in the minutiae of our day, but its comfort and value remains with us throughout the day. Our Lord encourages us to look to Him in everything because nothing that affects us is insignificant to Him.
Today our Father used driving time and the pastor’s sermon (latter part of Acts 12 — Herod the Tetrarch’s demise) to provide insight on “Be still and know that I am God.”
How do those two Scriptures join? When we spend quiet time with our Lord we bring glory to Him and receive instruction, guidance, insight, or wisdom that we may need. When we give man glory (think sports, concerts, rallies, heros, or anyone) we do it loudly and is destructive in the sense that the person who is being glorified may be puffed up with pride; and our attention is diverted from our Lord to man.
It was for me another lesson on bringing glory to our Lord and making His name known throughout the world — by being still before Him. The person who is still before God knows Him, and in turn begins to be conformed into His image. Those who are intimate with God wear His fragrance:
Now thanks be to God who always leads us in triumph in Christ,
and through us diffuses the fragrance of His knowledge in every place.
~ 2 Corinthians 2:14 ~
F. B. Meyer says about this verse that we are “A sweet savour of Christ! It does not consist so much in what we do, but in our manner of doing it; not so much in our words or deeds, as in an indefinable sweetness, tenderness, courtesy, unselfishness, and desire to please others to their edification. It is the breath and fragrance of a life hidden with Christ in God, and deriving its aroma from fellowship with Him. Wrap the habits of your soul in the sweet lavender of your Lord’s character.”
Father, thank You for being with us and giving us rest through Your word, day after day. We ask You to bless this week and help us to abide in You and Be still, and know that You are God. We ask this in Jesus’ name, for Your glory, amen.