Psalm 46:1-2,10, “God is our refuge and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not fear when earthquakes come and the mountains crumble into the sea. … ‘Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.’”
IQ tests are a general assessment of overall intelligence. But, one thing it can’t measure is our emotional reactions in real-time. Even the smartest cookie might crumble in a crisis, and a high IQ doesn’t preclude many from over-worrying.
So, let’s take a WQ test! On a scale of 1-10, what is your worry quotient over things you can’t control? If you scored 5 or more (or even if you didn’t), today’s reading provides invaluable insight on God’s answer to worry.
In the first nine verses, we read a powerful description of the shelter and strength God provides in all circumstances. Then, in verse 10, God gives us two commands. He says, “Be still.” However, many translations say, “Stop fighting.” He’s not telling us to sit passively. It means to stop flailing around trying to control what you can’t.
Next, He tells us to “know He is God.” To know Him is to acknowledge that He is truly God over all things; that He has a plan to work through every situation for our good and His glory.
Life is the ultimate test. We can fret and fight or tap into the “GQ,” the God quotient, and find peace amid the chaos. So, whatever stressor you face, remember that He knows the outcome, is in control and wants you to shelter in His arms. Now, take a deep breath and relax… KNOW GOD!
Almighty God, You are my comfort and shelter amid the chaos, and I trust in Your strength to see me through. When I start to worry, remind me that You are in control; help me to be still and know. Amen.