Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
Be still. This is so hard to do these days, isn’t it? Know that He is God. This means we have to “give up” our own way of controlling things and trust that He remains in control — no matter what.
When we watch the bad guys, however, how they are taking over and seem to win, we become scared of them. The last thing that makes sense to us then is sitting still. Can you imagine how many of the men of Joshua’s army, while watching the kings joining in force to fight Israel, became afraid? How could they sit still awhile and not go out to battle?
Sitting still was the right thing to do, though, as Matthew Henry explains (Joshua 10:1-6):
It was for the advantage of Israel to sit still awhile, that the forces of these little kings might unite in one body, and so might the more easily be cut off at one blow.
God’s ways may not make sense to us now. As soon as the battle is won, though, we will look back and say: “He worked it out all for the good of His people.”
Be still. Know that He is God. He will be exalted!