A Contemplative Life: Be Still and Know

A few weeks ago, I wrote and posted a blog titled “She Led a Contemplative Life.” If you missed it, click on the title in the column on the right side of this page (then come back to this page). In that post, I wrote about receiving a word from the Lord that he was going to bring a time of refreshing, rest, renewal to me. So that I could recognize this time of refreshing, I knew that I would have to make some changes.

Over the next week or so, I began to think about what those changes should be. I asked the Lord what I needed to do to prepare myself for this time of refreshing and he gave me Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God.”

Me? Be still? Surely he is joking. I am never still. Even when I try to be still, a foot is tapping, a finger is itching and my mind is flying in one hundred different directions at the same time.

So this morning, I went on a treasure hunt to see how other versions of the Bible interprets this verse. Here are a few of those translations:

“Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God.” (Amplified Bible)

“Stand silent! Know that I am God!” (Living Bible)

“Step out of the traffic! Take a long,
loving look at me, your High God,
above politics, above everything.” (The Message)

“Cease striving and know that I am God!” (New American Standard Bible)

“Surrender your anxiety!
Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God.” (The Passion Translation)

“Be still, be calm, see, and understand I am the True God.” (The Voice)

“Stand silent!” “Step out of the traffic.” “Cease striving” “Surrender your anxiety.” “Be still, be calm, see and understand that I am the True God.” WOW!

Over the next several days, I’m going to take each of those statements and break them down to the bare bones. What do they mean – for you, for me? How can we implement these verses in our lives?

Stay with me. I truly believe God is about to bring a time of refreshing into all our lives.

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