God’s Dog

Have you ever walked a dog on a leash? Have you ever struggled to keep your pet on a straight path? The dog investigating every pile of trash, clump of poop, leaf, dead bird etc etc?
It’s a constant struggle just to keep the dog moving forward isn’t it? Wouldn’t it be so much easier on you and the dog if the mut would just relax and
let you guide him or her without becoming distracted at every sight, sound and smell?

But that’s just not how things go most of the time with us and our pets.
And that’s not the way things go most times with us and our God.

The New King James version of 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!”
What does this passage mean to you?
Does it mean that we are to sit silently’ motionless, waiting and listening for that still quiet voice of God to speak wisdom, direction, correction or
clarity into our lives?

While this sometimes is a very good idea it’s not what is meant by this passage.
Let’s look at this same verse in a different translation. The Holman Christian Standard Bible is my favorite of all translations. So much so that I will
frequently purchase a copy of it for dear friends who are true scholars of the word. It is a fantastic study bible; quite expensive but well worth the
cost.
Psalm 46:10 HCSB says “stop [your fighting] — and know that I am God, exalted among the nations, exalted on the earth.” It kind of takes on a different
meaning doesn’t it?

The phrase “be still” is taken from the word raw-faw, number 07503 in the Strong’s Topical Index and has the following definitions: to sink, relax, sink
down, let drop, be disheartened
abate
withdraw
abandon, refrain, forsake
to let go
let alone
to be quiet
(Hithpael) to show oneself slack

In other words “be still” means to stop tugging at the leash.
How much easier we are to guide, direct, instruct, teach and correct when we become God’s best friend in an obedient dog?

October 11 at 12:56 AM

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