Be Still and Know that I am God.
Words are interesting. The word Still, as in, “be still” can mean many things. It can mean physically still, or, as I always interpreted the scripture, it can mean to be emotionally still or calm. The footnote for still in this case references the word Silence.
Be Silent and know that I am God.
Personal revelation, is, I think, one of the many amazing things about our church. We have prophets and apostles to guide us and teach us, but ultimately, each of us are responsible for developing our own testimony of the truthfulness of the gospel. Elder Oaks in our recent conference spoke on the priesthood line of communication with our Heavenly Father, and the personal line. He spoke how both lines of communication are needed and work together, but that,
“The priesthood line does not supersede the need for the personal line. We all need a personal testimony of truth. As our faith develops, we necessarily rely on the words and faith of others, like our parents, teachers, or priesthood leaders. But if we are solely dependent on one particular priesthood leader or teacher for our personal testimony of the truth instead of getting that testimony through the personal line, we will be forever vulnerable to disillusionment by the action of that person. When it comes to a mature knowledge or testimony of the truth, we should not be dependent on a mortal mediator between us and our Heavenly Father.” (Oct 2010 Gen. Conference)
Several years ago, I struggled to understand a certain issue. I talked with my family, I spent a lot of time praying for an answer, but in my search for an answer, even in my prayers, I didn’t sit and listen for an answer.
One Sunday, as I sat in sacrament meeting singing the hymn, I had a rare moment where my children were sitting quietly, and I could really focus on the words we were singing.
As we were singing, I felt a peace, that told me that even though I didn’t have all the answers, it was okay, that things would work out if I was patient. While we were singing, I allowed my mind to be silent, and was able to hear, not the answer I had been looking for, but the one that Heavenly Father had been waiting to give me.
Elder Hales stated, “Revelation comes on the Lord’s timetable, which often means we must move forward in faith, even though we haven’t received all the answers we desire.”
In the times of my life when I’m searching for answers to questions, this is important to me, I may not always get an answer in the timeframe I’m hoping, or the answer may be different than what I expected. Elder Neil L Anderson shared an experience where as a young man, he received an answer to his prayers that told him, “You don’t know everything, but you know enough!”
The 9th article of Faith says that we believe all that God has revealed, all that He does now reveal, and we believe that He will yet reveal many great and important things…
I may not always receive all the answers I’d like, but I have received enough to have faith to carry me through when there are things I don’t know.
The line, Be still and know that I am God, can be read two ways. One is a command, that we be still, and recognize that God is our Heavenly Father. The other is more pertinent to personal revelation. It becomes a promise. When we are still, we will be blessed with the knowledge that God is our Father and loves us as his children. Because of His love for us, Heavenly Father has given us a prophet and church leaders to help guide us in our lives, but he has also given us a personal line, as Elder Oaks stated, and because of that personal line, we are never left alone with our challenges or sorrows. He is there if we prepare ourselves to listen.
• What does “Be still and know that I am God” mean to you?
• How do we reconcile when the personal line and the priesthood line are not in complete harmony?
• How can we more effectively open ourselves up to personal revelation?