When all around us is falling apart—or simply changing—we can have many responses including fear. Some people wonder why God would do this to them, some try to fight and manipulate the situation, others run around like Super-Missionary-Pastor’s-Wife and try to fix everything.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
This verse is in quotation marks because God is speaking directly to us. He commands us to do something quite different to deal with our fear; it’s not only a command but a command to immediate action. We are to:
- Be still—rāpāh—which means to be idle, to relax, to stop, to let down the hands, to make no exertion, leaving matters to God. Instead of running around trying to fix things, we are to stop. Now. Let our hands dangle at our sides. Ohhhh, that’s difficult. I want to do, not be!
The other command is to:
- Know that I am God. To know is the verb yāda. It means to perceive, to discern, to know relationally and experientially. It even means to know sexually. God wants us to know Him intimately. We, collectively,are the Bride of Christ and he is our spouse. He wants to lavishly pour His love upon us.
So the prescription that God has for us to deal with fear of change is to stop and be intimate with Him, and to talk to Him about our fears, our changes, our troubles, and our catastrophes, while trying to keep our focus on His ultimate and timely victory. He will be exalted. Remember this refrain from Psalm 46 verses 7 and 11: The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.