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Meaning of ‘Be Still and Know That I Am God’ in Psalm 46:10

Psalm 46 is a beloved passage in which the psalmist declared that no matter what was happening around him, God was his refuge and strength. Safe in the assurance that he is God, we can wait on him even amid chaos. He is still on his throne.

You may not be in prison, but you may be infertile or inactive or in limbo or in between jobs or in search of health, help, a house, or a spouse. Are you in God’s waiting room? If so, here is what you need to know: while you wait, God works.

“My Father is always at his work,” Jesus said (John 5:17). God never twiddles his thumbs.

He never stops. He takes no vacations. He rested on the seventh day of creation but got back to work on the eighth and hasn’t stopped since.

Joseph’s story appeared to stall out in Genesis 40. Our hero was in shackles. The train was off the tracks. History was in a holding pattern. But while Joseph was waiting, God was working. He assembled the characters. God placed the butler in Joseph’s care. He stirred the sleep of the king with odd dreams. He confused Pharaoh’s counselors. And at just the right time, God called Joseph to duty.

He’s working for you as well.

“Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalms 46:10) reads the sign on God’s waiting room wall. You can be glad because God is good. You can be still because he is active. You can rest because he is busy.

Remember God’s word through Moses to the Israelites? “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today . . . The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still” (Exodus 14:13–14). The Israelites saw the Red Sea ahead of them and heard the Egyptian soldiers thundering after them. Death on both sides. Stand still? Are you kidding? But what the former slaves couldn’t see was the hand of God at the bottom of the water, creating a path, and his breath from heaven, separating the waters. God was working for them.

God worked for Mary, the mother of Jesus. The angel told her that she would become pregnant. The announcement stirred a torrent of questions in her heart. How would she become pregnant? What would people think? What would Joseph say? Yet God was working for her. He sent a message to Joseph, her fiancé. God prompted Caesar to declare a census. God led the family to Bethlehem. “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him” (Romans 8:28).

You’ll get through this waiting room season. Pay careful note, and you will detect the most wonderful surprise. The doctor will step out of his office and take the seat next to yours. “Just thought I’d keep you company while you are waiting.” Not every physician will do that, but yours will. After all, he is the Great Physician.

Application

Are you in a season of waiting? Can’t see God working in your life? Get still before the Lord and journal a prayer telling him how you feel. Ask him to help you trust that he’s working on your behalf.

By Max Lucado from the NIV Lucado Encouraging Word Bible.

16 comments

  1. Monica says:

    This Message text was so inspiring . Right on time I’m in a place of being still Knowing that God Promise are yes and Amen . I trust him.

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  2. Marcia says:

    This passage of scripture gives me a spiritual awareness in my waiting room for God. I am trusting God to move as I wait patiently for him.

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    1. Victor says:

      Be still and know that I am God. Jesus said, go to the small dark room of your house and still your mind. It’s not in any place you can know God but inside this body, the small dark room where the holy spirit is always waiting for us to open our spiritual eyes and ears and listen to that voice of God trying to command with our soul. It has been written that the kingdom of God is within us all. That’s where this loving God resides not in any church, synagogue, temple, or mosque.

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  3. mike toohey says:

    God seems to be in the process of moving me and my mom to Tennessee. I’m in Washington State, and mom is in California. She is pushing 80. I believe in my spirit that this move is of him. Things are moving in God’s timing. (I’m laughing under my breath) This was perfect timing. Glory to God.

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  4. Angie Tonche says:

    Loved this message.

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  5. Cherice says:

    Thank you…thank you…thank you for being used by God. Most importantly, I thank the Lord for leading me to this article. It was RIGHT on time. That alone proves that God is working. He is AMAZING!

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  6. Yvonne Fernandes says:

    I am waiting for my son to be joined to his spouse in Holy Matrimony. The Holy Spirit led me to this article. Now I am certain that God is working. I have to remain still. Amen.

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  7. Barb Smith says:

    This is such an on time word! It reminds me that even when I don’t see it He’s working, even when I don’t feel it, He’s working, because He never stops working! Hallelujah

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  8. Carol English/Young says:

    Thanks soooo much for these encouraging testimonies. I too will stand still and know that He is God. He changes not nor fails not. He brought me through this, and He brought me through that, and this to shall pass. I’m in God’s waiting room while He works behind the seen.

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  9. Ray Morrison says:

    Today, my soul is still because Jesus Christ is still my Lord. My Savior and my Redeemer.

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  10. JOSSY says:

    I am in a dire need of God’s divine intervention. I’m trusting Him for miracle. I believe He will show up.

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  11. I’m just amazed how God keeps using me in times when it seems like when I’m at my worst, God use me. I’m so honored.

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  12. Dee says:

    I’ve been waiting for my future husband that’s in San Antonio, Texas to unite with me in Orlando. Everything we try, something always happens to delay our meeting, but he’s a man of God and I too believe in God. He tells me to be patient and to pray, listen, and wait to hear from God. Thanks for this message and teaching. I tend to get a lil anxious and nervous sometimes and feel like it needs to happen now. I love you Lord and help me to be humble and have patience in everything.

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  13. Marcie Rushing says:

    The message was encouraging and on time. I too am waiting for God to continue to work out his divine direction in my story. He has given me peace to wait and not focus on what I see but focus on him. I am also looking for a full-time job and nothing has worked out. Frustrated and anxious I decided I needed to be still to see and hear what God is saying. That is when I came across this exhortation. It confirmed what I believe the spirit of God has been telling me. What I want and what I feel I desperately need right now in addition to my impulsive ambitions got in the way of listening and obeying God’s still small voice. Lord I hear you and I will be STILL by your grace!!!

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  14. Anne says:

    I’m hoping that I get a deployment letter to work in a special unit or school. It has been my prayer all through. Thank you for this message, God is working on it, I need to be patient and wait for his wonderful surprise. Amen

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  15. HyekyungYoon says:

    This verse really speaks to me. He always tells us to be still and know that He is God. For God is ever powerful and ever sustaining.

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