” Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation, I will be honored throughout the world ” – Psalm 46: 10.
In the awful desolations that God made, and by delivering His people by terrible things, He showed His greatness and dominion. Herein, He manifested His power and sovereignty, and so commands all to be still, and know that He is God. For says He:
I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. In the words may be observed. “
- A duty described for disciples, to be still before God, and under the dispensations of his providence, which implies that we must be still as to words, not speaking against the sovereign dispensations of providence, or complaining of them; not darkening the counsel by words without knowledge, or justifying ourselves and speaking great swelling words of vanity ( Extend your knowledge by reading the Book of Job: chapters 38 – 40, verse 1 ” Do you still want to argue with the Almighty? You are God’s critic, but do you have the answers? ” ) – We must be still as to actions and outward behavior, so as not to oppose God in His dispensations, and as to the inward frame of our hearts;
cultivating a calm and quiet submission of soul to the sovereign pleasure and will of God, whatever it may be.
- we may furthermore, observe the ground of this duty, namely, the Divinity and Mercy of God. His being God is a sufficient worthy reason why we should be still before Him, in no wise murmuring, or objecting, or opposing, but calmly and humbly submitting to Him.
- How we must fulfil this duty of being still before God, namely with a sense of His Divinity, as seeing the ground of this duty, in that we know Him to be God. Our submission is to be such as becomes rational creatures.That means using our senses to express our faith in all endeavors of our lives.
God does not require us to submit to reason, but to submit as seeing the reason and ground of submission.
Hence, the bare consideration that God is God may well be sufficient to still all objections and oppositions ( from learners & academics ) against the Divine sovereign dispensation of His wisdom, which is above the creation, and definitely for the commonwealth and Salvation of mankind.