Just be still


Psalm 46:10:

“Be still, and know that I am God;

. . . we need to be still, give God the time and the depth for Him to speak to and use us.

I will be exalted among the nations,

I will be exalted in the earth.”

Part of my role is to produce a devotional column for the RECORD website. At the moment I am struggling with writer’s block and a sense of disconnection from God. I have nothing written and my brain is not functioning how I’d like it to. Perhaps more importantly, I am struggling with my own personal devotional life. And I can feel it. I have a hunger, a longing to feel God’s presence. A creeping loneliness and unquiet lie just under the surface. That doesn’t mean that I am not reading God’s Word or attempting to apply it to my life. I am trying to spend the time, but the quality of time has changed. It’s more like a chore than a pleasure. And it feels like no-one is listening.

I’m frustrated and impatient with my wife, quicker to anger and my swear jar (if I kept one) would be filling up.

In this hustle, bustle world, with a phone full of apps, a TV full of stations and a life full of distractions, how often are we truly still? Life’s worries shout into our subconscious. We pray for protection and guidance before rushing off on the Lord’s business. I don’t know about you but I rarely have time to stop and be still, let alone being still with the sole purpose of knowing God. Even on Sabbath, the day of rest, we are caught up in church services and ministering to others through food and fellowship. So much of rest and recreation is about entertainment and when you’re doing nothing you feel guilty about all the things you’re not doing.

I encourage you today to take some time and dwell in the moment, clear your mind of less important things and think about God and your relationship with Him.

The second part of this verse explains that He will be exalted among the nations and in the earth. It is a certainty. Like the wind and the waves that Jesus calmed with a “Be still”, the chaos and corruption of this earth will be stilled by God’s glory and power in the end. 

This is not about just being quiet, meditating and having a passive Christianity. I see this as an active command to be followed. If you need some certainty in your life, be still and let God handle it. He will! He showed numerous times in the lives of David, the psalm writer, and Joshua, that He was willing to go before His people to deal with their enemies. Be still, He will be exalted. In that knowledge, we need to be still, give God the time and the depth for Him to speak to and use us.