and know that I am God…”
Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
How often do we ask God for help or guidance, but we don’t stop to listen and wait for His response? The act of being still means more than simply remaining in place, it also means to be free from sound or noise, and free from turbulence or commotion. Yet in the busyness of life, it is challenging for us to carve out quiet chunks of time being still. The world requires action from us, yet God asks us to simply be still and spend time focused only on Him.
Not only is it difficult to come to a complete rest from motion, it’s also nearly impossible to quiet our thoughts. Silence can be intimidating because that’s when our anxious thoughts seems to kick into turbo speed – “What if something bad happens? What if I fail? I’m not smart enough; I’m not good enough; I’m not successful enough; I can’t handle this; I’ll never get through this; I’m a failure; There’s no hope; etc..” If we fill our time with endless activity, non-stop work, mindless television, internet surfing, or social media browsing, it’s easy to dodge our concerns and block any worries. Silence can force us to face issues that we might be trying to run away from, yet God wants us to bring those cares and apprehensions to Him. In Mark 4:39, Jesus quieted a raging storm with these word, “Peace, Be still!” Ask Him to quiet the tempestuous thoughts in your mind with those same words. He will shine the light of His truth into your life and replace those fears and self-doubts with His peace. Both your mind and your strength will be renewed through this process.
On a recent trip to Central America, our group came upon the sloth pictured above. We were enthralled with this unique creature and thrilled that we were able to experience this rare sight! During the entire time I watched him hanging by his shaggy arms, he remained motionless and seemingly oblivious to the chatter and activity below from our group of observers. As I stood viewing this fascinating animal, the Lord gently reminded me that His slow-motion-creation provides a great example of what it means to be still.
So when you need strength or help from God, or when your anxious thoughts are overpowering you, learn a lesson from the sloth. Cling to Jesus and rest in His unending love and care for you. Block out the distractions and noise from the world and meditate solely on His voice. Simply, “Be still, and know that I am God.”
The heavens declare the glory of God;
the skies proclaim the work of his hands.
Psalm 19:1(Today’s New International Version, ©2005)
He spreads out the northern skies over empty space;
he suspends the earth over nothing…
He marks out the horizon on the face of the waters
for a boundary between light and darkness…
And these are but the outer fringe of his works;
how faint the whisper
we hear of him!
Who then can understand the thunder of his power?”
Job 26:7, 10, 14 (Today’s New International Version, ©2005)
From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets,
the name of the LORD is to be praised.
Psalm 113:3 (Today’s New International Version, ©2005)
Take time today to view the work of God’s hands. Listen for His whispers of love to you as you look upon His creation. Reflect on His glory and His unfathomable wisdom. Be reminded that the same God who created the ends of the earth also hand crafted you and loves you beyond measure. Set aside a time of quiet solitude to simply meditate upon this directive:
“Be still, and know that I am God.”
Psalm 46:10 (Today’s New International Version, ©2005)