My grandson Kaleb has been picking out a weekly Bible verse for me by choosing from cards with a verse on each one. This week he chose Psalm 46:10,
“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
A verse I think of often.
As I meditated on it this week, I wondered what it meant to be “still”? Merriam-Webster defines it as meaning:
- Devoid of or abstaining from motion
- Uttering no sound, quiet
- Calm, tranquil
- Free from noise or turbulence
I like the thought of resting quietly in the Presence of God. God is saying, “Hush my child, be quiet and trust Me.”
In this fast-paced and chaotic world, it is difficult to be quiet.
How many times have I asked God for something, to answer a prayer or help me with a trial in my life, but have I lingered in His presence to hear His response? Not often, I am sad to admit. I usually throw up a quick prayer, hope God is listening, and I move on with my day. I am sometimes too busy with my day that I forget who is the Giver of my days.
My thoughts are all over the place and they are far from “still.” I read a recent study that says humans have about 6,200 thoughts per day. Wow, that is a lot and how many of them flip flop back and forth? I must tell my anxious thoughts to be still, to shut up the thoughts and ideas that hinder me from following God. I must hear what God is saying…I must acknowledge He is God. He is in control. He is aware of the situation and He will be exalted through it all. I must trust Him.
Being silent or still before God can seem awkward at first. But it is the time that the Holy Spirit speaks into our heart.
We need to be still to hear His voice, to receive His peace, His joy, His guidance. The next time we pray, let us pause to remember that He is God and deserves our attention and praise.