“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 ESV
We are being instructed in this verse to let go, to be quiet, and to be physically & mentally still.
For most of us stillness, silence, and serenity are difficult to find. Even when we are able to find it externally, it can still be difficult to cultivate stillness internally. Life is busy and so are our minds!
It is not only tough to make the time to be still; it’s tough to create stillness in our mind and body.
The idea of being still goes against what we naturally, and culturally, do.
Our inclination is to step on the gas and go full speed ahead, believing that doing more, and having more, makes us more complete.
Instead, God is telling us here to hit the brakes and be still. If we are busy being busy, God’s voice can be nearly impossible to hear, but the problem is that many times we view being still with God as inactivity.
It is critical to our faith to realize that the more we are deliberately still:
- the more we hear God’s voice,
- the better we recognize God’s activity,
- the smaller our issues seem,
- the bigger God appears,
- and the more we follow God’s divine purpose for us, instead of just our own agendas, ideas, and abilities.
When was the last time you released the pressing issues in your life to God? When was the last time you relaxed in the presence of God? Can you set aside just a few minutes today to “be still” before God, and to listen for His voice?