WEEK OF LENT REFLECTIONS
FLASHES OF GOD'S GLORY...MUDDY CLAY
BEING STILL...IN ORDER TO BE MOVED

Read Jeremiah 18: 1-11

 

Read Psalm 46

1 God is our refuge and strength,

    a very present help in trouble.

2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,

    though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,

3 though its waters roar and foam,

    though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah

4  There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,

    the holy habitation of the Most High.

5  God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;

    God will help her when morning dawns.

6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;

    he utters his voice, the earth melts.

7 The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,

    how he has brought desolations on the earth.

9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;

    he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;

    he burns the chariots with fire.

10 “Be still, and know that I am God.

    I will be exalted among the nations,

    I will be exalted in the earth!”

11The Lord of hosts is with us;

    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

 

Reflection:

I’ve heard busy parents lament about verse 10 of Psalm 46. In the busyness of everyday life, there is a fear for some of us that if we became still for too long the only result would be us falling asleep. Often, we read this passage, and we imagine that being still is all about try to have a fabulous reflective quiet time with God through prayer. But what if verse 10 is just telling us to stop? I’ve read one commentator argue that “be still” is the same words that Jesus used against in the storm in Mark 4. Jesus is not telling the wind and waves to have a quiet time. Jesus is telling them be quiet, to stop what they are doing, to cease.

 

Doesn’t that make sense in context with the rest of Psalm 46? The same God who controls the waves and melts the earth and silences the nations, wants us to stop. He wants us to stop trying to do our own thing. He wants us to stop trying to do it all our own way. He wants us to stop striving to replace him as God in our ow lives.  God is our potter… we are not the one’s who are in control, he is (despite the fact that we try to be). And if we continue to work at odds with God, we might just miss the way he wants to shape and mold our lives.

 

John Casteel, Senior Pastor of The Bridge in South Carolina, writes this about Psalm 46. “In order to find security in God, we have to stop trying to find security in everything else… Nothing in this world will offer you the security you have in God.” 

 

Check out the song, “Still,” from Hillsong- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6Fw8DgvTQA

 

Hide me now

Under Your wings

Cover me

Within Your mighty hand

 

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with You above the storm

Father, You are King over the flood

I will be still, know You are God

 

Find rest my soul

In Christ alone

Know His power

In quietness and trust

 

When the oceans rise and thunders roar

I will soar with you above the storm

Father, You are King over the flood

I will be still, know You are God