The title for this post is just two simple words. But the reality of what they mean in my life is not simple at all.
Just be… Don’t think, don’t analyze, don’t compensate, don’t rationalize…just rest in the reality of Jesus Christ. He is here. Always, no matter what. Just be. Just relax and enjoy His presence. Just listen for His loving guidance.
I know that I know that I know… Years ago, I heard this phrase applied to believing in Jesus Christ. It’s a nice, catchy phrase that conveys a deep truth. Lately I have been exploring it, digging deeper. Do I really have the total assurance indicated by these words? If I am completely honest and transparent, I must admit that there are times when “I know that I know that I know” changes into “I should know that I should know that I should know.” Ouch. So then I asked myself…Why is that? What causes my assurance to waver? It’s definitely not anything that Jesus does or does not do. It’s not His presence lacking strength or permanence. It has nothing to do with Jesus at all. He is the same…always. Magnificent and Holy, yet, at the same time, loving me so much that He desires an intimate relationship with me. He is. Period. It does not matter whether I am in a state of complete concurrence or not.
I have discovered that if I can truly “just be”, everything suddenly shifts and I am flooded with knowledge that Jesus is real, He loves me, and He wants His best for me. In those moments I can feel His presence so strongly that I wonder how I could ever be anything less than absolutely certain. A new realization is that what keeps me from that steadfast knowledge of Jesus is my incredibly strong desire to run my life on my own. How’s that working for me? Ummm…it’s not. I also recognize that my personal tendency is to overthink…a lot. A whole lot. I find myself constantly striving for an answer for every single nuance of my life’s journey. I want to understand everything, all the time! It is exhausting!! But the opposite extreme, to just be, is a very difficult concept for my to grasp. Unfortunately, I tend to treat it as a last resort instead of my first choice.
A while back I did some study on one of my favorite Bible verses:
Psalm 46:10. “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (ESV)
I looked at this verse in several different translations, and found my new favorite translation of this verse from the Amplified Bible: “Let be and be still and know (recognize and understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth!”
“Let be”…that shouted at me…that brought clarity. Being still in God’s presence requires passivity so that God can take over. I must “let be” first, and then I can “be still”. Actively trying to be still is like actively trying to avoid a particular thought. Trying not to think about something brings your focus to what you are trying to stop focusing on. I hope that makes sense…
In this journey God is leading me on, my goal is to increasingly “let be” by replacing my active pursuit of the illusion of control with stopping, listening, and allowing God to calm my heart and guide me to His plan. Then I can be still…and when I do that, I can realize the rest of that sentence – I can know, recognize, and understand that He is God, He is Jesus Christ, He is the Holy Spirit. And He will be exalted in all the world, simply because He exists.