He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth. Psalm 46:10
I’ve heard that in Hebrew “be still” is harpoo and doesn’t necessarily mean cease activity but rather – relax. Relax, I AM is in control! In Matthew 7:9-10 Jesus reminds us that even though we are evil we still know how to give good gifts to our children when they ask. He uses the example of children asking for fish or bread. Then says so how much more will our heavenly Father give good things to us! He mentions fish and bread probably because they were the common daily meal for Jewish people. Jesus knows and cares about our “fish and bread” our daily needs, our big and small cares… He desires for us to relax in Him, to be ever trusting and abiding in a relationship with Him.
Ebed-melech was a man with a heart to serve The King. He had a heart of faith and trust in the One who is sovereign over all our details. Jeremiah 38:7-13 mentions how out of his own pit he saw and risked meeting the needs of another in a pit.
Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. 1 Peter 5:6
God does not miss when a precious child of His steps out in-spite of fear to trust in Him; to allow their faith to be bigger than their fear. Jesus knows every bit of what that feels like as He stepped out to take our cross upon His shoulders. So in Jeremiah 39:15-18 God remembers Ebed-melech; the one others would deem ordinary, possibly insignificant, an Ethiopian with no prominent standing in the community, a eunuch… God sees a mighty warrior, a man of courage and strength, a man God will send heavens armies down to defend and protect… why? “because you trust in me declares the LORD.”(verse 18)
Today will we choose to relax, trust that He knows and cares about our “fish” and “bread”? Will we choose to let our faith be bigger than our fear? Jesus, please increase our trust in You, our LORD Almighty.
Independent Read: Jeremiah 39:17-18