Psalm 46 contains an often repeated yet misinterpreted verse from the Bible:
Be still, and know that I am God.
Taken at its word “be still” could mean “be quiet” or “wait.” But, it’s important that we not ignore the context in which the phrase is used. One needs to know exactly what the psalm is referencing before randomly removing a sentence from an entire chapter and fathoming its meaning. In it, the psalmist tells a short story beginning with referencing “trouble”.
Taken from chapter 46 in Psalms, “Be still” isn’t meant to imply passively waiting on the Lord. By studying the Hebrew word and pulling together the entire chapter we see the statement implies more of a call to action. The action to “stop”. As we think about the political climate of America right now this particular verse, in fact the entire chapter, can poetically be applied to the current activity in Washington, D.C.
Ancient Israel did not have the personal relationship with God that Christians experience today in America. It’s only through the acceptance of The Cross, all that Jesus suffered pertaining to His death and resurrection, and the empowerment of Holy Spirit, that Americans and all peoples can experience a personal relationship with our Father.
That’s good news for Americans to remember right now, since many citizens during this current political climate are having trouble seeing the presence of God.
If that’s you, if you’re a believer in Christ yet currently doubt God still resides in our nation’s capitol, perhaps it’s time to step-up your prayer routine.
If you follow my blog you no doubt read my post:14 Bible Verses to Pray Over Your Home. It was written to encourage prayer for God’s dominion over your home. With humble hearts you were asked to specifically pray in every room of your home, calling to the Lord, asking for blessings and favor as you proclaimed His faithful word.
As Christians that’s what we are supposed to do. We are to proclaim God’s word, His goodness, over every aspect of life. This means not just our lives but also over our homes, families, businesses, travel, relationships, health…everything.
And everything includes our government.
Yes, God should have sovereign authority over our government. But our government has slowly turned its back to God, forgetting the covenant our forefathers made with Him. We are losing track of right and wrong and need to get America back to understanding what President George Washington knew:
I admire this nation formed by God. I respect the brave men and women, motivated by God, who fought to establish this country. The precise structure and composing of our Declaration of Independence was hard fought along with our Constitution which affords us liberty and personal rights. How wonderful to be born in a country with these freedoms. May God bless America.
When independence was declared from Great Britain on July 4, 1776, God birthed a new nation. To His glory this new nation was fully aware of their Creator.
”We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.” — The Declaration of Independence.
Of the 56 men who signed this founding document, nearly half (24) held seminary or Bible school degrees. Clearly their instilled Christian faith effected these Founding Fathers as they referenced God in historical documents.
It’s not hard to imagine many are suffering through loneliness right now. Even if you live in a large family setting, loneliness may take hold of your emotions. You feel you just don’t connect with those around you.
Loneliness makes one believe they are empty and unwanted. Lonely people may also believe they are undesired and often, they build a barrier around themselves.
If this sounds like you, please know you don’t have to feel this way anymore.
Placing hope in Jesus means: we believe in the purpose God created us for, God will complete that purpose, and in the end Jesus fulfills His promise of redemption and eternal life. Amen!
The Bible shows us in Genesis through Revelation that God is in control, from Adam and Eve to the Israelites roaming the desert, through King David to the fall of Jerusalem. And from the rise and destruction of nations to prophets proclaiming the Christ, the Bible comforts us in proclaiming there is hope in the Lord.
So why believe anything different in today’s modern times, as the world still continues struggling just as it did in ancient history. The world has always been tough and the world will always struggle. God knows mans leans towards self destruction, thats why He instructs us place our hope in Him who saves.
When we trust God’s promises He made to us in the Bible, we trust He is always in control. That control reigns over our tough situations as well as our easy ones. Yes, I know especially today, we may not understand the “why” in tough situations. Especially those situations God allows evil to reek havoc and turn our world upside down.
But perhaps the havoc was created by mankind’s own selfish doing. Or perhaps the havoc is to help us learn a lesson. Quite possibly God may just be saying, “Ok, you show no faith in Me nor do you seek Me out, so go ahead and figure things out for yourself.”
In order to get through these tough times it’s good to remember what God told us about His comfort.
There are four types of love found in the Bible: Storge, Philia,Eros, and Agape. All four words are Greek terms, each with a distinct and deep meaning for a certain type of love. For some reason unknown to me our American language has pretty much ignored the distinct characteristics of each love term and pretty much bundled all types of love into one big “love” fest.
Though the individual words may be absent, most folks are still blessed to experience each of these loves during a lifetime, me included.
Storge type of love became known to me first and is the central love encompassing my family. Philia love is my love and care of others. Eros love is the intimate love I share only with my husband.
Each of these loves are precious to me, but it’s the agape love of God that gives life!
Jesus wants you to know He is always available to you. No matter your circumstance, position in life or emotional state, Jesus is never far. Jesus is a constant, not an acquaintance or part-time-friend. He’s simply a thought or a whisper away. In fact Jesus is knocking at your door, right now, waiting for you to invite Him into your life.
Revelation 3:20 Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with that person, and they with me.
You need to understand the truth about Jesus and not believe the lies unbelievers spread:
Do you know at all times God is present everywhere? No matter your location or situation in life there is no barrier that can separate you from God. And because nothing is ever hidden from God, He knows everything there is to know about you. He knows your highs and, through times of trouble such as world is experiencing right now, He also always knows our lows.
Yet through His daily process of planning, creating, and sustaining life, God also continues to devote time to loving each one of us individually. “How does He accomplish this?” you may ask. The answer is God is not only present everywhere knowing everything, but God also does everything at all times.
God is a multi-tasker who’s very good at fixing problems– if you’ll just let Him!