Be Still - Know That I Am God

Written by: John Sernaque

Dear Reader,

I was listening to a radio show where two men were discussing the challenge of how to achieve stillness in one's own mind. One had a Buddhist meditation approach where he empties his mind of everything. The other one suggested doing things you enjoy so that your mind does not think about other things as you are occupied in your activity. They discussed how emotions play a part in all this thinking going on inside you. One stated that your emotions are tied to your spirituality. The other disagreed with that logic. They touched on depression and how it relates to not letting go of your past and anxiety as worrying about your future. These are very intelligent and successful men with distinguished careers. How I wished I was able to reach these men to tell them that all these thoughts going on in their heads typically revolve around self, and not on the One that promises them peace, if they just come to Him. It is God that will bring them peace.

While the storm was raging, the disciples in the boat feared for their lives. All they could think of what was going to happen to them, that they will die if the storm sinks their ship. All the while, Jesus slept in the rear of the boat. The disciples hurried to awaken Jesus. Master, we are all going to die.

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full.

And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish?

And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.

And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith?

And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him? Mark 4:37-41

We are to have faith in God. We have no control over what will happen next. We cannot change the past and we cannot predict the future. If we let go of self, by faith, Jesus will give us peace and stillness in our lives, and just as he calmed the storm at sea, so he will do for us.

Be still, and know that I [am] God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalms 46:10

Many today seek help from psychiatrists, self-help gurus, or other experts to help them sort out their troubles. They try different techniques, such as yoga or meditation. These are very dangerous practices as they empty the mind but do not fill it back with the Word of God. Instead, it is an invitation for yet more demons to enter the emptiness and dwell inside their minds.

When the unclean spirit is gone out of a man, he walketh through dry places, seeking rest; and finding none, he saith, I will return unto my house whence I came out.

And when he cometh, he findeth [it] swept and garnished.

Then goeth he, and taketh [to him] seven other spirits more wicked than himself; and they enter in, and dwell there: and the last [state] of that man is worse than the first. Luke 11:24-26

It is God’s Word that we must meditate on. The precepts therein. If the house had been found filled with the Word of God, The Holy Scriptures, the unclean spirits would have passed that house and kept moving, not to return as long as the house was filled with The Holy Spirit.

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Joshua 1:8.

But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. Psalms 1:2

I will meditate in thy precepts, and have respect unto thy ways. Psalms 119:15

Secret of Joshua’s Success—The Lord has a great work to be done in our world. To every man He has given His work for man to do. But man is not to make man his guide, lest he be led astray; this is always unsafe. While Bible religion embodies the principles of activity in service, at the same time there is the necessity of asking for wisdom daily from the Source of all wisdom. What was Joshua’s victory? Thou shalt meditate upon the Word of God day and night. The word of the Lord came to Joshua just before he passed over Jordan.... [Joshua 1:7, 8 quoted.] This was the secret of Joshua’s victory. He made God his Guide (Letter 188, 1901). { 2BC 993.4 }

Counselors Should Cherish Everything Coming From God—Those holding the positions of counselors should be unselfish men, men of faith, men of prayer, men that will not dare to rely upon their own human wisdom, but will seek earnestly for light and intelligence as to what is the best manner of conducting their business. Joshua, the commander of Israel, searched the books diligently in which Moses had faithfully chronicled the directions given by God,—His requirements, reproofs, and restrictions,—lest he should move unadvisedly. Joshua was afraid to trust his own impulses, or his own wisdom. He regarded everything that came from Christ, who was enshrouded by the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night, as of sufficient importance to be sacredly cherished (Letter 14, 1886). {2BC 993.5 }

Once we surrender self, our whole being to God, it is God that will bring us that peace that we so need. When we seek happiness, it is just like the addict who is chasing his next high. Happiness is fleeting. So, instead of happiness, seek joy and peace. The joy and peace of being in the Lord.

For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. Jeremiah 29:11

With all the hustle and bustle in our lives taking up all of our time, starting the day off with morning devotion and prayer will bring you peace and blessings throughout your day. Make God your guide, the source of all wisdom. No matter the challenges you may face, if you keep your eyes on Jesus, you will enjoy that stillness in God that brings peace. Surrender your life to God, lay your troubles at the foot of His throne and He will give you rest.

Come unto me, all [ye] that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke [is] easy, and my burden is light. Matthew 11:28-30.

In the heart of Christ, where reigned perfect harmony with God, there was perfect peace. He was never elated by applause, nor dejected by censure or disappointment. Amid the greatest opposition and the most cruel treatment, He was still of good courage. But many who profess to be His followers have an anxious, troubled heart, because they are afraid to trust themselves with God. They do not make a complete surrender to Him; for they shrink from the consequences that such a surrender may involve. Unless they do make this surrender, they cannot find peace. {DA 330.3} Amen.

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