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  • Writer's pictureKandi Swift

Be Still and Know

“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)

I have a 6-year-old grandson and sitting still is probably one of the most difficult things for him to achieve. He tries, but there’s just too much to do and he can’t waste any time doing it! I know some adults that are just like him, and I must admit that many times I myself, am one of them. Society and daily life impose this standard to constantly be moving with little opportunity to relax. We get up early, go to work, drive home, pick up groceries, cook dinner, clean the dishes, bathe the kids, tuck them in, take a shower and before you know it, it’s 10:00 and we find ourselves passed out on the couch. Weekends arrive and it’s our one and only chance to clean the house, the car, the yard and the laundry.

Do you think life was intended to be lived in such a way? Probably not, but God knew it would eventually come to this and just as it was written in the Psalms thousands of years ago, He whispers it even today, “be still”. He invites us to stop all the busyness for a moment, stop thinking about the million things that need to be done and just be still. In our stillness we can start to notice the sound of the birds chirping, the gentle breeze blowing through the trees and the little ant carrying its food back to his hill. We soon forget about all that other stuff, even if just for a moment, and we are reminded that He is God and without Him, the birds, the breeze and the ant wouldn’t even exist.

The next time the noise begins to rise and the demands of the day start to overwhelm, take a moment to be still and remember that He is God and He has it all under control.

Scripture:

Psalm 37:7 – “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!”

Psalm 6:25 – “For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him.”

Psalm 131:2 – “But I have calmed and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with its mother; like a weaned child is my soul within me.”

 

Prayer

Lord, I lay down every schedule, every expectation and every demand that would cause me to be so busy that I forget to be still. Help me to intentionally seize opportunities to quiet my soul and my mind and acknowledge that you are God above every situation and circumstance.

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