"Be still, and know that I am God." Psalm 46:10
We live in a world where it seems that every one and every thing is moving rapidly all of the time. There is always somewhere to go and something to do. Most of us get up each day with our normal routine ahead of us. We are rushing to get the kids off to school. We are in a hurry so that we will not be late for work - again! There is the to-do list that needs to be made out. Some of us have to write that list down, because there is no way that we will remember every thing. Along with all that we need to do during the day, there are also concerns that are pressing on our minds. We worry about personal finances or health issues. The list goes on and on. Unfortunately for many, this stress grows so great that it affects their relationships. It causes a cloud of anxiety to hover over our lives. The worst part is we know that tomorrow will not be any different! Are you discouraged yet?
While this may sound discouraging, living this life is much tougher than it sounds. We all know that. In this small passage of Scripture God gives us the answer to our everyday stress. Some of us read that verse and say, "I don't have time to be still. Do you want to see my to-do list?" While being still is an important part of the verse that is not all the Scripture says. We need to be still for a reason. Many times when we get still it is either to sleep or totally waste time. Do you ever need to just sit down and shut your brain off? All of us do from time to time, but that is not even what this Scripture is teaching. We need to purposely find time to shut everything else out of our lives and sit alone with God. In the stillness and quiet of that moment we need to acknowledge that He and He alone is the Lord of our lives. If we are not careful, all of our anxieties, issues, and schedules can become our Lord. This is why God gave Moses the command, "Thou shalt have no other gods before me." Only He deserves the place of God in our lives. This time of stillness and quiet is something that you will have to do on purpose. You are not going to accidentally find a few moments to do so. Make it a part of your every day schedule. Don't let anything rob you of your time with the Creator of the universe!
When I awoke this morning, I went into our spare bed room and sat still. While in there I began to listen to the birds singing outside the window. My mind jumped to Togo, Africa. As if I was there again, I remember stepping out on the porch where we were staying and hearing the quiet noises of birds in the trees and animals off in the distance. As I jogged around the "neighborhood", I saw mothers cooking for their little children and the little children staring at the strange, tall, white man running up and down the street. It was amazing, because I realized that in the quietness of that African village the same God that I served at home was God there as well!
May you be still and know without any doubt that He is God today!