How to “Be Still and Know He Is God”

When you lose your job and face a career crossroads, you tend to pray…a lot. Pray for peace. Pray for wisdom & discernment. Pray for provision. Pray, pray, pray. How do you know then when God is answering your prayers or at least speaking to you?

For me, the confirmation came during Sunday morning worship service (God has a way of making that happen for us that love & follow Him). First came the worship portion of the service where we sang “Great is His Faithfulness” and then the real clincher came with the song sung so beautifully by one of our church’s finest singers. It was his amazing version of  Steven Curtis Chapman’s “Be Still & Know”. The title is taken from Psalm 46:10:

“Be Still and Know That I am God,

I Will Be Exalted Among the Nations,

I Will Be Exalted in the Earth” (NKJV)

Many Christians have heard that verse many times, but what does it mean really to “be still”? Does it mean to quit moving around, settle down, and be still like your mother always told you when you were little? Not exactly. Actually, the Hebrew word for “be still” used in the text means to relax. In fact, it literally could be translated to “Relax and know that I am God”


You may have heard the phrase “Let go and let God”. Well, the Hebrew here in Psalms pretty much points to that. Literally, it calls for us to put our hands down at our sides. When problems come our way, and they invariably do, we are NOT being told to get our hands all over those problems. We are told to relax, put our hands at our sides, and remember that God is GOD. The great “I Am” as He told Moses. He’s not bound by time or space or any other measure. He is simply, God. We, however much control we may try to assume, are not.

When we get a grip on “I am God” (you know, the creator of Heaven and Earth?), we can find rest for our souls.

Someone posted on Instagram a coffee mug with the following:

“Peace. It does not mean to be in a place where there is no noise, trouble, or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things and still be calm in your heart.”

You know who can give us that kind of peace? Well, the PRINCE of Peace, that’s who. That is, when we can “be still and know that He is God.”


“Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.”

From Hymn entitled “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” by Helen H. Lemmel 1922



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“Be Still and Know” by Steven Curtis Chapman (Lyrics Video)

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