Do you remember when one of your kids came to you crying with a splinter and you were trying to get it out of a finger? “Be still” were the two words out of your mouth. Their purpose? To make that little guy sit still so you could keep from digging that flame sterilized needle into your baby’s already pounding finger!
My little guys always were in the “know”. They knew that their momma would get that splinter out. If they were very still, that splinter came out quicker and with less pain. They trusted me, they knew me..I was their momma.
“Be still”…this brings quiet, calm, serenity to a very stressful time. We quit moving. We stop. We don’t talk, we just listen. In Hebrew grammar this means we surrender. We surrender in order to know that God is in control as Ribbono Shel Olam, the Master of the Universe. We let go because we believe in the saving power of the Father in our lives. We surrender, knowing that “God’s got this”.
Webster says “Know” means “to perceive or understand as fact or truth; to apprehend clearly and with certainty; To have established or fixed in the mind or memory: to know a poem by heart; to be cognizant or aware of. The Hebrew, “yada” has several meanings, but in this passage it means “to have an intimate kind of knowledge.”
God was assuring Israel, just as He reassures us in the middle of this hurricane!
The winds are blowing, the storm is raging….Jesus spoke “Hush, be still” in Mark (4:39) We have literally lost our home twice to storms and it was not easy or pleasant. But we were never alone…
May our hearts be still and know intimately, by trust that He’s “got it.”
If I could take care of my son’s splintered finger, how much more can the Father take care of us?