Eight Words: Psalm 46:10
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10, New International Version).
Our world moves at such a fast pace, and all around us are people rushing, rushing to their jobs, their children, their families, rushing to get ahead, to get away, to get somewhere. In all the bustling, it is so easy to forget the eight small words of the Psalmist – Be still and know that I am God.
Psalm 46 describes a world where mountains tremble, and the earth gives way, the nations are in uproar. Is this so very different to the world we live in? There are still wars, with lives being torn apart. There are still natural disasters, where much is lost, tsunamis and earthquakes, floods and fire. And yet God says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
How? How can we do this? And why should we? The answer of course is, that the God who made us commands us to. Restoration and refreshment of spirit is so important to God that he built it into the very fabric of our lives. Without taking time to rest, we lose perspective and our spirit founders. Why is it so hard to do this? Even knowing the peace, the tranquility of my soul that drawing near to God engenders, it seems that my quiet time is the first corner I cut to gain more time, in particular the “being still” part. Being still means letting go of all those things that drag on us, and weigh us down, being still is about waiting on God, listening, letting the knowledge of Him, of His love and faithfulness soak into our very souls. Being still is about knowing His peace in our hearts, deeply.
Throughout his Word, God gently reminds us to draw near to Him, he wants to be in relationship with us, he offers us rest, and renewal of strength. Jesus says in Matthew 11:23, “Come to me, all you who are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” There is something about these words that makes me feel almost as if I am being wrapped in a warm blanket, as I relax in God’s arms, turning over all the cares of my heart to Him.
PRAYER: Lord I thank you that rest and refreshment of spirit is part of your plan for my life. Help me to take the time to be still, and to listen to you. AMEN.
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