How to be Still

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

Two of the most difficult words to hear as a child are “be still.”

Everything in us wants to stay in motion…

…physically, mentally, emotionally, and even spiritually.

These two words can be equally challenging for us as adults—especially in the midst of the seemingly immediate and urgent details of life.

These words, “be still,” literally mean to let drop, to release, to relax.

You might even be thinking, “How do I do that?”

Even when we put time aside to read our Bible in the morning or evening, we rush through it and check off that activity for the day.

  • When is the last time you released the pressing issues in your life to God?
  • When is the last time you relaxed in the presence of God?
  • When is the last time you were quiet enough to hear the whisper of God?
  • What would it happen if you had one hour to “be still?”
  • What about 30 minutes?
  • What about 5 minutes?

You may be thinking, I don’t even know how to be still for 5 minutes. That’s exactly why you need to do it.

Here’s the simple challenge for today: take the next 5 minutes…

  • to let the immediate and urgent drop.
  • to release and relax.
  • to be still and to be quiet.
  • to focus on the greatness of God.

“Be still and know that I am God.”

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