King James Version (KJV)
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
New International Version (NIV)
“He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.'”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
“Be still, and know that I am God! I am exalted among the nations, I am exalted in the earth.”
New American Bible (NASB)
“Stop striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted on the earth.”
English Standard Version (ESV)
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
The Living Bible (TLB)
“Stand silent! Know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation in the world!”
This verse seems appropriate for the last day of another year. So many things happened this year. Many good, some not so good. But it is another year in the books, and we are about to embark on a brand new year.
I used to think about New Year’s resolutions at this time. Resolutions to work out more, eat better, get up earlier, etc. I do believe there is some benefit to looking back at our previous year as we look forward into our new year.
But many of us have tried it our own way (at least I have) and found out that things didn’t work out quite as we’d hoped. I have found that if I take this scripture to heart and meditate on what it truly means, it brings my purpose – as a believer – back into focus. To me, Be Still, in life application, means to slow down. Spend some quiet time just dwelling on our Father in heaven. Exalt His name. Allowing His great love to flow in and through us. Focus more on Him, and worry less about all the things we need to do for family, work and even the Kingdom. Today, every day, take some time just to BE STILL and be in the presence of our almighty creator.
It is amazing how impactful this can be, when we unplug from our day, from technology, from noise – and just be in the presence of God.
Today, this last day of the year is a great day to be still, and reflect on what God has done for us, and allow Him into our presence to start the new year spiritually refreshed.