Pastor's Pen 174
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  
The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge.
-        Psalm 46:10-11

When I was a little boy from time to time my mother would say to me “Go sit down and be quiet.”  I
asked was I to play a game?  No. Sing or hum?  No. Tap my foot?  No.  Read a book?  No.  Watch T.
V.?  No.  Just sit there and be quiet.  It was training for when I started to school and the teacher would
say.  "Everyone please take their seats.”  Mrs. Miller wanted us to all sit down be still be quiet and pay
attention.  God wants our attention above all else.  He wants to be number one in our lives.  
Individually there have been times when God has had to set us down in dramatic fashion.  
Sometimes this occurs in the form of an illness or injury where we are confined to our bed and
cannot get up.  Thinking about the corona pandemic or covid-19 virus as it is also named has
caused the whole world to come to a screeching halt.  For the first time in history the world is literally
at a standstill.  All facets of culture and society have been forced to stop.  People who believed their
lives were full of meaning and purpose have had to adjust to the reality of doing nothing.  Separate
but not alone.  We are all in this together.  Stay home and stay safe.  Social Isolationism.  Social
distancing.  Stay six feet apart.  Wear a mask.  All of these are the new buzzwords for the world
coming to a halt.  The governments on the state level, the federal level and around the world are
trying to figure out how to get things in motion again.  In this time of the world standing still where
does this leave the believer?  I think that the Lord certainly has our attention.  Where is God in all of
this?  The same place he has always been.  He wants us to focus on Him not our circumstances.  
His promises and blessings are just as true now as they were on March 01.  His love is just as
wonderful and great and awesome.  His plans for our lives have not changed.  Heaven is still our
home; this is still our Father’s world.  'Be still’- raphah means, “to release” or “let go” (37:8; Job 27:6).
God commands the forces of chaos (Ps 46:2–3) and the nations (v. 6) to stop their raging and
recognize Him as God . ‘And know’ – yadaʿ means to notice, learn, or realize to know. 1A1A learn to
know. 1A1B to perceive. 1A1C to perceive and see, find out and discern. 1A1D to discriminate,
distinguish. 1A1E to know by experience. 1A1F to recognize, admit, acknowledge, confess. 1A1G to
consider. 1A2 to know, be acquainted with.1A5 to have knowledge, be wise.   Our Heavenly Father is
a God of protection, power, peace, a place of paradise, and worthy of our praise.  Does He have our
attention yet?

H. Scott Latimer