Pastor’s Corner

God’s grace be with you.

Psalm 46 is a powerful psalm reminding God’s people that even in the midst of our topsy-turvy world, full of trials and tumults, God remains the steady force for us to cling to. “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”  (Psalm 46:1)  With political tumult, and wars and insurrections; with natural calamities of wind, fire, and rain; and having our own personal trials that try our patience and test our faith, God is the “plumb line” which measures our response and reaction to each joy and calamity.  The psalm affirms the concrete and steady faithfulness of God to stand with us, giving us the strength to not only endure, but to persevere.

There is a lot of action attested to in the psalm. But, verse 10 cries out for our attention:  “Be still and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10) ‘BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD!” “Be still and know.”  “Be still!”  “Know that I am God.”  “Be still!”

Wow! Being still is hard to do, is it not?  When Gwen and I were on vacation in October to North Myrtle Beach, we arrived with nothing pre-planned on our schedule.  Many times we have side trips and activities laid out with tickets pre-bought so that our vacation takes advantage of those things we would not otherwise be able to do.  But this time – nothing!  And we found ourselves from time to time wondering what we were going to do with our free time.  We were not used to doing nothing.  We were not used to sitting around reading or taking a leisurely stroll down the beach or sleeping in.

Like most people, our schedules are always filled with things that need to get done either through work or at home. Thankfully, we do not have to run our daughter to and from sports practices and games anymore; but that time is filled with other things now.   It’s true:  Families nowadays are busier than ever it seems, and we smile half-heartedly as parents excuse their children from worship and other faith-building church activities only to run to other venues in which their children have to be present.  We smile half-heartedly as adults are so tired from the other activities of life that Sabbath rest (keeping things in a holy perspective) seems like a distant dream.  God freed His people from slavery in Egypt so they could have rest for their weary bodies and souls!  My, how easy it is for us to forget!

“Be still!” With elections and winter rolling our way, and the seasons of Thanksgiving and Christmas fast approaching, how is it that we as God’s children will “be still” to know that He is God?  How will we (YOU, in particular) hear the challenge of the psalmist to lay aside earthly desires that drain our energy, and which keep us from being stirred by the awesome power and majesty and beauty of God at work in our lives?  God is present!  God is sovereign!  God desires mercy! And God desires a heart that is attuned to Him and to the marvels of majesty and grace which abound among the nations and in the created order.  Advent is a time to be still.  And so are our times of worship and Bible study.

Will you hear the cry of God through the words of the psalmist in Psalm 46, and respond? “Be still…Be still…and KNOW that I am God!”  It is never too late to start.

Peace in Christ,

Pastor Steiner