"Be Still and Know That I Am God"
How many people in the secular and atheistic kingdom of this world would make very important decisions based on Bible scripture? Especially an atheistic ruler who would have to decide how to respond to a potential invasion of his territory? The prophet Isaiah went to the wicked king Ahaz, ruler over the Tribe of Judah, with a Bible verse that is about identical to, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” How could it possibly be comforting to king Ahaz that the Living God, whom he did not acknowledge, would be exalted in all the earth? Isaiah brought his son with him to talk to king Ahaz. Isaiah’s son’s name meant “there will be a remnant.” Of course, king Ahaz knew that.
Isaiah laid it all on the table about the planned attack; he told king Ahaz that the kings of Syria and Jerusalem planned to go up against Judah, and vex it, and make a breach therein for them, and set a king in the midst of it. Now that king Ahaz knew the plan of the worldly kings and was told about God’s counter-plan, the deciding point was probably that king Ahaz felt it worth being “quiet,” or laying low for awhile, if it meant the destruction of the two kings. Which they were absolutely destroyed, as promised to king Ahaz and not by Ahaz’s efforts, but by the Living God.
In terms of the spiritual world, we see very clearly Satan’s plan of attack upon the Tribe of Judah. The Tribe of Judah is from where Christ Jesus would descend. Satan will always try to defeat God’s plan of redemption for mankind. It was not God’s plan for the armies of this world to try to dispose of king Ahaz, who ruled over the Tribe of Judah. This is why we are told that the warfare is not of flesh and blood, but one of spiritual wickedness. God has defeated Satan through the sacrifice of His Son Christ Jesus on the Cross. We are told to be still, and know that He is God: He will be exalted among the heathen, He will be exalted in the earth. This particular battle concerned the coming of His Son Jesus Christ, Satan was behind the planned attack, and the king of Syria and Jerusalem were Satan’s proposed tools.
God took matters into His own hands, and through Isaiah, made it clear to the wicked king Ahaz that the plan to vex the Tribe of Judah, to cause a breach, would not prevail and in fact would not even come to pass! BUT, if the wicked king Ahaz did not believe that Word of God, then he would not be established. God was not in any way making deals with wickedness, God was paving a way for the coming of His Son Jesus Christ through the Tribe of Judah. In fact, if king Ahaz would not believe the Word of God through Isaiah, he would lose his worldly authority! Some people have so much of the pride of this life for power and authority that they will do anything to retain their grip on the world! It seemed better to king Ahaz to be still and win a worldly war then to suffer the cost of an active war. In God’s use of Isaiah in this matter, the wisdom of God prevails to defeat wickedness, to defeat Satan! This is a lesson of learning to “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
To sign the deal of Isaiah’s offer to king Ahaz, the Word of the Lord offered to give Ahaz a sign, Ahaz refused any sign whatsoever! I wonder why so many people refuse a sign from the Living God when those signs are readily available by what Christ did for us on the Cross. There is the sign of sin being remitted, the sign of the fruit of the Holy Ghost, the sign of the resurrection of life in the spirit through the Spirit of God, the sign of the first fruits of the glorified body within us, the sign of the transformation of the soul, spirit, and mind, and the sign of a new tongue given by the Holy Ghost. We rest in those signs of what Christ has done for us on the Cross and the signs are readily given to us by the Living God. As Christ abides in us, we are counseled to “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
The Living God fights His own battles, and victory is assured to us by accepting what the Lord Jesus Christ has done for us on the Cross. We no longer live by the ways of the kingdom of the world, but our lusts, pride, and desire to help God by our own carnal and worldly efforts are put in dormancy. When our sin is inactive and made to do nothing, then we can testify that we are no longer wrestling against flesh and blood, but we know it is a spiritual warfare, and by Christ Jesus abiding in us the battle is already won! We are set apart from the kingdom of this world to become overcomers and victorious as Citizens of the Kingdom of God. We are the Children of God, Citizens of the New Jerusalem, and the counsel to us is to “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”
“Then said the LORD unto Isaiah, Go forth now to meet Ahaz, thou, and Shearjashub thy son, at the end of the conduit of the upper pool in the highway of the fuller’s field; And say unto him, Take heed, and be quiet; fear not, neither be fainthearted for the two tails of these smoking firebrands, for the fierce anger of Rezin with Syria, and of the son of Remaliah. Because Syria, Ephraim, and the son of Remaliah, have taken evil counsel against thee, saying, Let us go up against Judah, and vex it, and let us make a breach therein for us, and set a king in the midst of it, even the son of Tabeal: Thus saith the Lord GOD, It shall not stand, neither shall it come to pass. For the head of Syria is Damascus, and the head of Damascus is Rezin; and within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people. And the head of Ephraim is Samaria, and the head of Samaria is Remaliah’s son. If ye will not believe, surely ye shall not be established. Moreover the LORD spake again unto Ahaz, saying, Ask thee a sign of the LORD thy God; ask it either in the depth, or in the height above. But Ahaz said, I will not ask, neither will I tempt the LORD.”
“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalms 46:10 King James Bible