"Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth."
- Psalm 46:10
I don't know about you, but whenever I have read this verse, I have always interpreted it to mean "be quiet so that you can hear the still small voice of God".
I know that hearing the voice of God is important. The sheep should hear the voice of the shepherd and not recognize the voice of a stranger. We need to be able to hear God's voice so that we know what direction to take; what choices fit in with his will and his ultimate plan for our lives.
So, I was a little surprised, when I did a word study on this verse, to discover that there may be more to it than that.
The word "still" is from the Hebrew raphah, which means to abate, cease, be idle, let alone, let it drop, refrain.
This gives me the indication that it is more of a ceasing from struggle or toil; or stop trying so hard.
But, raphah can also mean to be weak. Instantly, I thought about this verse:
"And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me."
- 2 Corinthians 12:9
The word strength is from the Greek work dunamis, which means miraculous force, power, might or strength.
Interestingly enough, both the word "weakness" and the word "infirmities" in this verse are from the same Greek word astheneia, or weakness.
So, this scripture could be translated as "God is always abundantly more than enough. Where my strength reaches its limit and my weakness begins, His miraculous power steps in to complete the task at hand. Instead of bemoaning my limits, I will praise God for them, because when I step back and let Him operate in my life, that's when miracles occur!"
How often have I struggled to accomplish something thinking that I have to do it myself when God has been waiting for me to let go of it so He could take over?
How often do we pray for God's help in the matters we are facing, and then continue to pick up the burden again rather than letting Him take care of it?
Scripture clearly tells us to cast our cares on Him.
"Turn your burdens over to the LORD, and he will take care of you. He will never let the righteous person stumble."
- Psalm 55:22, God's Word Translation
"Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you."
- 1 Peter 5:7, New Living Translation
"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done."
- Phillipians 4:6, New Living Translation
So, the next time worry or care raises it's ugly head in your life, pray, praise, and then let go and let God. We need to exercise our faith that God can and will meet every circumstance in our lives. He is more than enough.