Suppose I were to describe a person to you that you have never met. I could tell you everything that I know about that person right down to the smallest detail. I could impart to you every thought and even every emotion that I associate with this person. I could so thoroughly describe this person to you that it would be “as if” you knew this person too but in reality, you would only have “head knowledge” of this person.
Now let’s suppose that a friend of mine described this same person to you in as great a detail as I have. Would my friend have imparted the exact same “head knowledge” to you that I have? Or, would our descriptions reflect our own bias of that person based on our individual experiences with that person?
Since it is quite unlikely that either of us knew exactly everything that the person was going through or experiencing, or the choices that had to be made depending on varying factors, it is quite unlikely that both of us will draw identical conclusions of the person. It is therefore, reasonable to assume that the head knowledge that I have imparted to you may contain a certain amount of bias that may misconstrue the truth to some degree or another.
The only way to truly get to know the person is through “heart knowledge.” To gain heart knowledge one must meet with this person, spend one on one time with this person, become intimately acquainted (in the purest sense) with this person. One cannot claim to know someone with nothing more than head knowledge. Heart knowledge comes from one on one “relationship.” Only with a certain level of intimacy, can you claim to “know” someone.
Psalms 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God.” What does it mean to be still? Does it mean to stop moving? Our default when reading and trying to understand the bible is usually to try and relate the things that we are reading with this physical world. In other words, we usually try and take Spiritual matters and translate them into physical understanding. Since God is a Spirit, we need to, first and foremost, relate what we read in the bible to spiritual matters. In this case, when God says to “be still,” if we relate this to spiritual matters we will see that God is instructing us to “be still” in our Spirit, or in other words “quiet our Spirit.” Does that mean we have to cease all physical activity? Not necessarily. It may help, but quieting our Spirit is something that can be done in the midst of the hustle and bustle of our busyness.
What’s the next step? To “Know” that I am God. What does it take to “know” someone? It takes more than head knowledge. It takes more than a casual “hello” or a polite “good morning.” It takes a certain level of “intimacy.” How do we gain that level of intimacy? “Relationship.” Our God is a God of relationship. He desires much more than a “hello” or “good morning.” He desires “relationship.”
The book of Colossians explains that Christ is “in” all things (including us) and that He “holds all things together.” Acts 17 explains that “in Him (Christ) we live and move and have our being.” The creator of all things lives “in” you and He desires that you “know” Him. That you have a certain level of “intimacy” or “relationship” with Him.
Since Christ is in you. Since He holds you together and is the essence of your Life, getting to “know” Him will help you to know……well, YOU!
Be still and know that He is God!