How often do we hear the words, “Be still and know that I am God” from Psalm 46:10? See posts and paintings featuring the words “Be Still”? But what does that really mean? How are we supposed to “be still” in our modern, every day lives?
A command to “Be Still”
More than just a feel-good statement or reminder to slow down, it’s a command. God is commanding us to BE STILL.
Be still. Rest. Stop moving. Stop worrying so much. Stop trying to fix it all on your own.
God wants us to rest, but more than just rest. He wants us to rest IN HIM.
Why do we need to rest? Well, look no further than Genesis 2:2-3. Even God took a rest on the 7th day of creation after working hard for 6 days. If God needed rest, don’t we?
Rest allows us to be recharged, renewed, re-energized.
But God’s command is more than just rest, it’s a command to take Sabbath rest. Resting IN GOD.
I love this verse from Isaiah 58:13-14:
[callout]“If you keep your feet from breaking the Sabbath
and from doing as you please on my holy day,
if you call the Sabbath a delight
and the Lord’s holy day honorable,
and if you honor it by not going your own way
and not doing as you please or speaking idle words,
then you will find your joy in the Lord,
and I will cause you to ride in triumph on the heights of the land
and to feast on the inheritance of your father Jacob.”
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken. [/callout]
Sabbath is about resting and delighting in God. Honoring Sabbath is about spending time with God and following God’s way. Finding joy in the Lord.
Sabbath rest is worship and restoration. The refilling of our souls so we can go back out and continue to give to others.
We must listen to “Know that I am God”
Rest is also about listening and opening our eyes and ears to who God is.
How often do you allow time in your prayers to listen for God’s response? Or, do you run through your list of prayer requests and hurriedly say “amen”?
Would you talk to a friend this way? Wouldn’t be much of a conversation, would it? So, why do we so often do this when talking to God? Do you just forget? Too busy? Or, maybe not sure He’ll actually respond?
Stillness is giving God that space to enter into the conversation. Quieting our thoughts so He can speak to our hearts.
When we begin to hear Him in our lives and see how He’s at work around us, then only will we truly know that He is God.
“Be still and know that I am God”
Still your body, your mind, your worries and take rest in God.
Find delight and joy in God as you rest.
Allow yourself to be filled up with God’s power, so you’re ready to go back out.
Listen for God’s word in your life. Believe He responds to your prayers.
Take notice of God at work in you and around you.
Stillness… rest, renewal, refilling, recharging, restoring, repairing.
[reminder]So, how will you carve out some stillness in your life? [/reminder]