Be still, and know that I am God...
Those three words, "I am God", carry so much meaning. In those words, God declares that he is our refuge, strength, conqueror, and redeemer. This is an expression of his love, his might, and his grace.
As our refuge, he is our shelter, or our place of escape. There are always going to be times when we just need a "safe" place of repose and renewal. When under attack, we have hopes for a place of covering - that is what God is for us. When we are without resources of our own, we hope to find a place that will provide what it is that we need - that is the place God prepares for us.
As our strength, he is all that we need in order to endure. In his wings, we find the provision to endure. He is the one who gives us the ability to resist the forces that are against us. As our strength, he is also the one who gives us both our potency and our intensity for life.
As our conqueror, he is the one who removes obstacles that stand in our way. He has proven by his death, burial and resurrection from the dead that he is indeed the one who is able to master any, and all, opposition. Whatever it is that is against us - it shall not stand. He is the ultimate possessor of power, authority and influence over the situations we face.
I AM GOD is an exhortation to know him and to know him well. We first come into a place of "knowing" God by believing in him. When we are fully persuaded of his ability, power and might, we are open to accepting his willingness to do what he says he will do in our lives. Belief is a place of accepting trustfully that he is who he say he is and being firmly convinced of his goodness.
We come to a place of "knowing" God by yielding to him and learning to serve him. Surrendering the control of our lives to his able care brings us to a place of understanding his strength, his refuge, and his power. Service is nothing more than being of use to him - waiting on him to give us the direction about how to live our lives.
The call is to be "still" and know that he is God. The place of "stillness" is a place of no longer being in motion, being free of the turbulence that rages in our lives. In the stillness of his presence, we discover that he wants us to be free of the turbulence of our past, the rigors of our present, and the uncertainties of our future.
In the present, he wants us to know he is sufficient. In our future, he wants us to know that he is working all things together for our good. As we celebrate his resurrection today, let us remember that his call is to be "still" and know that he is God in our lives.