Be still and know that I am God.

Psalm 46:10


In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives, it’s far too easy to fall into the trap of thinking we need to have all the answers, control every situation, and offer God our advice on how things should unfold. But today, I want to encourage you to take a step back, be still, and let God be God in your life. Fully.

Psalm 46:10 reminds us of this powerful truth: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Whenever I used to hear this verse, I’d think to myself, “but how do I actually do that?!” I used to think this was a command to literally sit still and let life just crumble around us, because “God’s got it under control” right?

While I used to think that, this verse is actually inviting us to trust in God’s sovereignty and acknowledge His limitless power and wisdom. It’s a reminder to be in awe of God, and to “stop fighting.”

To cease striving.

To stop trying to be the one that has the reigns on your own life, when God has already planned it all for you. He knows what He is doing. Let go of the thought that you have to “help” Him figure it out. 

It’s a reminder that we don’t need to limit God with our own limited understanding or try to give Him advice.

Doesn’t that sound hilarious? Give God advice. But that is what we are doing when we don’t trust Him to carry out the plans that are already laid out for us. We think we know better.

One story that beautifully illustrates this concept is the account of Mary and Martha in John 11. If you’re a Bible reader, you may remember the moment when their brother Lazarus became gravely ill, and they sent word to Jesus, hoping for His immediate arrival to heal him. They had an idea of when and how Jesus should act, and they were eager to offer Him their advice.

However, Jesus had a different plan. He intentionally delayed His arrival, allowing Lazarus to die. This seemed perplexing and even frustrating (to put it lightly) to Mary and Martha, who couldn’t understand why Jesus hadn’t come sooner. Why Jesus had “allowed” Lazarus to die. In verse 21, Martha even tells Jesus, “if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” And Mary says the same in verse 32. They may have thought their way was the best way.

But it never is.

Jesus had a greater purpose in mind—a miracle that would demonstrate His divine power and glory. When He finally arrived at Lazarus’ tomb, He called Lazarus back to life, showing that nothing is beyond His control. Mary and Martha learned that God’s timing and His ways are perfect, even when it doesn’t align with our expectations. Our limited human expectations.

As moms, we often find ourselves in situations where we want to fix everything for our families. We give unsolicited advice to our teens, we try and “save” our littles from making mistakes, and we try to ensure they avoid failure and pain. We want to have all the answers and control the outcomes. But God invites us to release that burden, to be still, and fully trust in Him.

Speaking as a (homeschooling) mom, releasing control is not an easy feat. I feel the responsibility on my own shoulders to ensure that their education is solid, that they’re learning to be good people, that they are getting their vitamins, their socialization, their water intake, their exercise, their “love tanks filled,” their chores done, their — fill. in. the. blank. It’s hard raising a whole human, much less several of them.

How do I actually release that control? 

I’m glad you asked. 😊 By simply being their guide here on this earth. That is our literal duty as moms. When you plan a trip up Mount Everest and hire a sherpa, their job is not to do everything for you. Their job is to guide you. As the expert in mountain climbing, they’ve learned the terrain, the dangers, the safe passages, and are there to ensure your survival. Their experience is what keeps you alive, just like our experience with God is what will ensure our children’s safe passage to a life in the Lord. But we need that experience first, don’t we?

(I get that a hired sherpa probably won’t let you tumble down a mountain to teach you a lesson while shouting about God’s good works, but you get my illustration here, right? LOL)

God doesn’t need our advice; He needs our faith.

When we surrender our automatic need to control and instead trust in God’s perfect plan, we open the door for His miraculous work in our lives. Our kids will learn their own amazing lessons that will prepare them for a life led by the Lord. Even if it takes a few stumbles.

Just like Mary and Martha witnessed the incredible resurrection of Lazarus, we can experience God’s glory when we let Him take the lead. Fully.

So, friends, let us remember that being still and knowing that He is God means letting go of our need to advise Him and embracing His wisdom and timing. You can’t grasp something in your hands if you’re holding on to something else. The space is already filled. Trust in His unfailing love, and watch as He works wonders in your life and the lives of your kids.

Let Psalm 46:10 be a constant reminder that our Heavenly Father is truly in control, and His ways are higher (and better) than our ways. Allow yourself to be humbled. Be still, and have faith that God’s magnificent plans will unfold in your life, so go ahead and scooch out of His way. 😊

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