“Come, behold the works of the Lord, Who has wrought desolations in the earth. He makes wars to cease to the end of the earth; He breaks the bow and cuts the spear in two; He burns the chariots with fire. ‘Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord of hosts is with us; The God of Jacob is our stronghold.” – Psalms 46:8-11
A Greek legend tells of a man observing the great storyteller Aesop playing childish games with some little boys. He laughed and jeered at Aesop, asking him why he wasted his time in such frivolous activity. Aesop responded by picking up a bow, loosening its string, and placing it on the ground. Then he said to the man, “Now, answer the riddle, if you can. Tell us what the unstrung bows implies.”
The man looked at it for several moments but had no idea what point Aesop was trying to make. Aesop explained, “If you keep a bow always bent, it will break eventually; but if you let it go slack, it will be more fit for use when you want it.”
A casual Google search about the need for rest will immediately yield dozens of reports from newspapers, fitness websites, sleep disorder centers, among others. It is a well-accepted fact that our human bodies are not made to stress 24/7, but require proper rest and sleep to function. Jesus Christ would take rest, saying in Mark 6:31, “Come with me, by yourselves, to a quiet place and get some rest,” indicating that He required rest, also.
In the verses above, we are encouraged to “behold the works of the Lord.” He stops wars, defeats His enemies, and brings justice to those who follow Him. He is exalted “among the nations” and “in the earth.” He is “our stronghold.” His power, might, excellence and protective power are preeminent on all the universe. He commands His people to “Be still and know that I am God.”
Our Creator God knows that we require rest to function properly:  He designed us that way. With our world in such seeming turmoil all around, with uncertainty around every corner, we tend to worry every moment of every day. How wonderful it is to know that, if we know that He is truly God, we can “Be still.”


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