“Be still, and know that I am God.” While that sounds so comforting and so peaceful, for me, Psalm 46:10 is one of the most challenging verses in the Bible. Not only do I trend towards action and movement, but I relate well to Peter who began to sink when he took his eyes of Christ and stared at the waves surrounding him. Why is it that I can’t rest and wait on the Lord when I know that He is in control, He has a better plan, and His purpose will bring glory? These are the thoughts that lead us down the path of comparing our experiences with others and quickly losing the peace that is found when we focus simply on being in the moment with Jesus.
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My man, Peter, had another encounter that demonstrates this same struggle. After Jesus’ resurrection, He appeared to His disciples on the beach. Peter, a man of action, saw Jesus and jumped from the boat to go meet with Him – good move. As he walked with Jesus and learned of the Savior’s plan for Peter and the challenges in front of him, Peter quickly looked around and, seeing John, asked Jesus, “Lord, what about him?” – bad move. The Lord’s response in John 21:22 should stay with all of us during our struggles with comparisons and discontentment; “What is that to you? You follow Me!”
Look how easy it is to find peace in the Lord! All we have to do is BE STILL…KNOW HE’S GOD…and FOLLOW HIM. No problem at all right? Surely we can just will ourselves into this obedience. Well, unfortunately, that’s the challenge with our still being flesh. We are at war with ourselves on a moment by moment basis. The apostle Paul captured this in Romans 7, when he said, “For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do.” We must accept that we will continue to struggle and we will continue to fail, but we have the answer and, more importantly, we have the promise. BE STILL…KNOW THAT HE’S GOD…and FOLLOW HIM.
– Lee Reeves