Psalm 46:10 ‘Be still and know that I am God…” What is God’s real agenda?
How many times have you heard part of this verse? It seems like ‘Be still and know that I am God’ appears on jewelry, note cards, t-shirts, magnets, household keepsakes, and more. It’s been one of my favorite verses, but the weird thing is, I never really looked it up and read the WHOLE verse and its context. When you see the ‘Be still…’ verse, what do you think of? I initially think of it as a soothing verse. Kind of like, be quiet, oh heart, rest in God, and know that He will take care of everything… for me.
Let’s read the whole verse in its entirety…
- Psalm 46:10 “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
I don’t see anything in that verse about my own comfort… Now, let’s look at the verses before…
- Psalm 46:8-10 “Come and see the works of the Lord, the desolation He has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth; He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; He burns the shields with fire. Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth”
Though the verse 46:10 initially seems like it’s to be a soothing message for man, looking at it more, it now appears to be more of a verse exalting God as the ultimate controllers of all things. Less about me, and my comfort, and more about God and that His plans prevail and that He will succeed and be exalted.
What fires up God? It’s His agenda!
God only has one agenda, and that is the exaltation of Christ and He will, no doubt, be successful. Our number one goal then, should also be to plug into God’s agenda, and focus on everything and anything that will exalt Christ.
What God’s agenda is NOT:
1) About the exaltation of man and what we can do – how great we can be. Our small successes are nothing compared to what God can do.
2) About human happiness – God’s ultimate goal is not to make you and I happy, it’s to exalt His Son.
3) To relieve human suffering – God’s tool to change and mold us to be more like His Son, and ultimately to bring glory to Himself, is to use the suffering in our life. You grow more in times of suffering than in times of happiness and plenty.
4) The salvation of the lost – Sometimes doing mission work, we lose our focus. We think it’s all about how many people we can ‘save,’ and so, seeing God as just ‘love’ we think that God’s main focus is to save His lost people out of hell. Well, that’s not exactly true. God makes it very plain in several passages in scripture that He chose us to be saved, not for our own good, but for His own glory. Those that He saved are to bring Him glory. That is His ultimate goal. (Isaiah 43:7 for one).
So, relating to mission work. What’s your job as a missionary? Is it to end human suffering? Is it to see how many people ‘we can save?’ No. The only biblical basis for missions is to spread Christ’s name throughout the earth. Spread His fame. True, in doing so, we may also help to relieve some form of suffering, but there will always be suffering. Our success as missionaries is in the proclamation of the gospel of Christ. It’s our job to proclaim it and it’s God’s job to do the ‘heart change’ on those whom He saves.
You are most alive when you live for God’s agenda. Your burdens and sufferings are your chance to demonstrate God’s power through you. So, live to spread Christ’s fame! You won’t be sorry.
So, end note: Make sure that all that you do exalts Christ and not your own efforts.