Be Still

Psalm 46:10-11 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”

Our enemy sure makes it hard to be quiet.

We are offered so many distractions.

“Ding”

A notification rings on our phone, and we are like Pavlov’s dogs; trained to see who has contacted us. We have allowed ourselves to be distracted from life.

I have done this and many have done it to me – in the middle of a conversation, our phone rings or a notification dings and the conversation stops mid-sentence to check who or what it was that was sent.

If we were talking face to face and another person walked up and just began talking, we would say, “That was rude”… Or would we? We allow it or tolerate with a device – but a person?

The psalmist gives us God’s directive – “Be still”.

That very act alone is becoming increasingly difficult. The outer pressures of life are there to push out the good things. Bible reading, meditation, and prayer all suffer when the distractions rule and reign our time.

“Be still”

Children today are pacified with technology which studies have shown decrease their ability to hold attention for any length of time. Parents are to busy to parent and utilize technology as a babysitter. Much of the world is technology dependent.

“Be still”

We are busied with career and extra-curricular activities that a ‘quiet time’ only comes when we schedule a vacation – and even then, we cannot be still. We schedule tours, cruises to exotic places, music venues, and so much more is thrown into our view that we struggle to swallow and decipher all that is being thrown at us.

We need to force ourselves to be still; to be quiet on the inside, and allow all the distractions, all the cares and worries to be set aside so we can concentrate on hearing the voice of God.

We can watch a movie for over two hours unmoved (except for a restroom or snack break), yet we cannot pray for fifteen minutes without our minds wandering.

“Be still, and know…”

When we read our Bibles, does the Word actually have an impact, or does render a checkmark on our reading schedule and we are off and running? Do we contemplate the question, “What is God saying here?” or more importantly; “What is God saying to me?”

“Be still, and know…”

Samuel Chadwick in his book “The Path of Prayer” writes that if prayer is the highest form of communion and communication with God, it should command our utmost focus, attention, and energy. Yet, physical tiredness overcomes us; mental distractions overwhelm us; and outside pressures overtake us.

“Be still, and know that I am God”

How well do we know God? Are we still enough, often enough to even be familiar with His voice when He speaks… If He speaks?

Andrew Murray was a prolific writer and his book; “With Christ in the School of Prayer” should be a must read for every saved child of God every year. His teaching is deliberate and builds to making prayer and communion with God paramount.

It has only been when I have been quiet and been able to be still that I have known His presence; felt His touch, and heard His voice. If we were all truly deep in our relationship with God on a daily basis, would our nations be in the trouble we’re in? Would our neighbors still be lost? Would our churches be more alive; more Spirit-filled, evangelistic and thriving?

Unless we, God’s children, can “Be still” and when we are still “know that He is God”, we will struggle and grow more apathetic and cold every day. Christ never intended, nor did He die for me to be any less than what His will is for my life.

Dear, sweet child of God – be still… and know… that He is God!

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