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Keep Calm, Be Still, or Both

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Keep Calm, Be Still, or Both

Be still, and know that I am God.” – Psalms 46:10

“Keep Calm and Carry On” has been a catchphrase that has gained popularity the past few years.  It is on posters, social media, and T-shirts, to name a few.  It has been turned into a marketing and merchandising gold mine, having been adopted by advertisers and designers to give support to their interests and money making ideas.  As examples, a quick Google search yielded the following “Keep Calm and Love Minions,”  “Keep Calm and think Pink,” “Keep Calm and Always Smile,” and “Keep Calm and Let It Go.”  There are many more derivatives of this, but the basic premise of the phrase is to keep calm.  What happens, happens, just keep doing what you are doing.

The history of this phrase originates with a 1939 British motivational poster to prepare the British people for the Second World War.  With Nazi Germany’s growth and anticipated fight for Europe, it was meant to be an encouragement and morale booster in the face of potential danger.  However, it was not widely distributed and nearly forgotten till rediscovered about 15 years ago.

The phrase in itself is a good message, carrying a thought that we as Christians should take comfort in.  David writes in Psalms 46:10-11:

“’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 fortress.”

We should be reminded that God is always with us.  No matter what we are faced with in this life, as obedient children of God, His comfort is there and hope of peace exists.  It may not be something that we see or feel, but knowing the promise of an Eternal reward, once this short life is over, should bring us peace.

Kids sing this song in Bible Class,

“Our God is so Big, so Strong and So Mighty, there is nothing our God cannot do.  The Mountains are His, the valleys are His, the stars are His handiwork too.  Our God is so Big, so Strong and so Mighty, there is nothing our God Cannot Do.”

God is the creator of all things, and nothing is bigger.  We take solace that we have the Creator on our side; we should have no fear of the things of this world.  He will take care of us, as Jesus says in the Sermon on the Mount:

“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air:  they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?  And why are you anxious about clothing?  Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow;  They neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown in the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O you of little faith?” (Matthew 6:25-30)

Paul also writes to the Philippians:

“…The Lord is at hand;  Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (4:5-7)

And a few versus later:

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (4:13)

We should take comfort in this, and know that whatever problems, whatever concerns, whatever is on our minds, we can take to God.  We shouldn't let the temporary issues of this life bring us down.  We should take comfort that God is our Father, He Loves us, and He will be there for us.  He will take care of us.  We just need to let him, and let go of the things of this world.  This is the hope for all Christians.

*all verses taken from the English Standard Version.