Psalm 46:10 instructs us to be: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” I don’t believe this is an instruction to be passive, in a “God’s-got-it-covered,” mind-set, but rather to be restful, in a “waiting upon the Lord” posture… alert and ready to act as He directs.
What most intrudes upon our being able to restfully wait on the Lord? Is it not restless fretting and vainly imagining all sorts of outcomes? Consider Psalm 62:5-8. For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is in Him. He only is my rock and my salvation, my fortress: I shall not be shaken. On God rests my salvation and my glory, my mighty rock, my refuge is God. Trust in him at all times, O people, pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us.
It is recorded in Matthew 6:31-34 that Jesus associates worry and anxiety with faithless- ness, paganism and seeking after the wrong things. In Psalm 37:7-8, David clearly ties anxiety and fretting to envy, anger and wrath. It is recorded in Luke 21:34 that Jesus also links the anxieties of life to drunkenness and dissipation because of its capacity to weigh down our hearts in ways that will lead to escapism, addictions and a haphazard life.
It is certainly easy enough to say “fret not” and to talk about “waiting patiently on the Lord” until some circumstance or event seems to put our potential for peace and/or prosperity in peril. But, if this great gift of God does not work in such a time and place, it is meaningless.It must be able to work in days of bafflement and perplexity or it never will work. It must be able to work in your particular case or it will not work in anyone’s case. If “Resting in the Lord” only works when our situation is sublime, then it is not resting in the Lord at all, but only in good circumstances.
I believe that the Word of God is telling us in all sorts of ways that restless fretting and anxiety have their roots in a prideful, self-centered desire to always have things turn out in just the way we want them to. Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, but one thing is necessary. Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her (Luke 10:41). And, what had Mary chosen? Was it not to be still at Jesus‘ feet and restfully wait upon Him?
Isn’t it better that we put all our supposing aside and allow ourselves to be gathered under the wings of the Almighty, seeing that all fret and worry is caused by calculating outcomes in a state of doubt about the promises of God. Perfect love and fearful fretting cannot coexist. Worry does only harm and it is contagious, but His perfect love overcomes it… delivers it far from us. His perfect love to us; his perfect love through us.
Do you Fret? Don’t try to repress it, an empty mind invites corruption. Repent of it and replace it with… Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:4-7)
By Ron DaggettBe Still and Know That I am God