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Let Be

Are we describing a parent's rebuke to a restless child? No! We are quoting a line from a song of the sons of Korah which says, 'Be still, and know that I am God' (Ps. 46:10). For Korah's sons only? No, for us too. According to the margin of the Revised Version 'Let be' is an alternative rendering for 'Be still'. It can also be used for being quiet, serene, avoiding disturbance. This describes the experience we all long for but sometimes it seems to elude us. To carry out the meaning of the word, however, we must cease what we are doing, slacken, or let it alone. God has a purpose in this. He wants our attention to be free from distraction so that we can think of Him, and hear His voice. Think of it from the viewpoint of the Lord being here in person and asking us to remain undisturbed, attentive to His voice. That is, be still, or let be! Would this be asking too much of us?

We live in a world of ceaseless activity and demand. It is similar to some of the days of the Lord Jesus during His life on earth. It is interesting to read in our Bible that after sessions with the multitudes He went up into a mountain apart to pray. Added are these significant words: 'and when even was come, he was there alone' (Mat. 14:22,23). How needful for the Master were these restful occasions of stillness, quietness, which were to be found away from the crowd with its noisy activity and forceful demands. Should we not strive too, for something similar so that our body and soul will benefit?

Later the Lord took Peter, James and John with Him into a high mountain apart (Mat. 17:1). It was an event they would not forget. He was transfigured before them. His face shone as the sun, and His garments became 'white as light'. The three disciples never forgot their experience. Peter was so overwhelmed that he desired to make three dwelling places for the Lord and the two prophets, Moses and Elijah. Perhaps going to a mountain apart is not attainable for us, but whatever our life's alternative retreat would be, let us strive to find it, use it, value it.

Mark reveals a very busy time in the life of the twelve apostles. After giving their report to the Master, He advised them: 'Come ye yourselves apart into a desert place, and rest a while' (Mark 6:31). Life was so hectic they had no leisure time even to eat. They took their Master's advice and went away in a boat to a restful place, a desert place. A frantic life is not a healthy life. Stress is often the outcome and this leaves an adverse mark on those who labour for the Lord. We may quote glibly the choice words of Psalm 23 that 'he maketh me to lie down in green pastures', but what about its application? David knew the value of sheep lying down in green pastures and being led to still waters, or waters of rest. This lesson is applicable to us. We can ignore the wise, thoughtful advice given to us as Christians, but we ignore it to our peril. It has been said that delinquent sheep - those who ignore, disobey, their shepherds, risk having a leg broken so that they are forced to rest without any alternative. Let us beware lest our Good Shepherd allow an equally drastic treatment for us! Remember it is written, 'He maketh me to lie down in green pastures' (Ps. 23:2).

So pressure to do this, do that, to be here, to be there, is not new. Such circumstances need to be kept controlled, and not be allowed to control our lives so that we become slaves to its dictates. Agreed?