Be still, and know that I am God.
The idea of being still now a days seems nearly impossible doesn’t it? With technology and social media, not to mention careers, family and friends. Our list of demands and responsibilities, both from others and ourselves, seem endless. The constant pull from every direction is enough to drive any sane person to the brink of exhaustion. And even if we do take a mere moment for ourselves, we’re often riddled with guilt. Feeling like perhaps we’re dropping the ball.
So, why is it that the Bible tells us to be still? And on top of that, why does it seem to be a requirement to know God?
Being still seems to be a pretty important theme throughout the Bible any time God wanted to make Himself known or anytime He wanted a closer relationship with someone. When the Israelites were trapped against the Red Sea, running from Pharaoh and his army, God spoke through Moses and said, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” [Exodus 14:14] God followed through on His promise as He parted the sea for them and they walked through it on dry ground to the other side. To freedom!
King David, amidst personal tragedy in dealing with his son’s rebellion still boldly declares, “I wait quietly before God, for my hope is in him.” [Psalm 62:5]
There are other instances were Jesus himself would withdraw from the large crowds that would consistently follow him just so that he could be alone with God. So that he could physically rest and get spiritually filled up again to continue his mission.
I know for myself, I have to be quite purposeful in finding and making moments to be still. I have to be purposeful in giving myself permission to unplug from social media, even for a few hours. I have to be purposeful in creating stillness so that I can spend time with God in prayer. Especially in moments when we go through hard times, being still is of the utmost importance so that we can hear God and know Him. So that we can drown out the distractions and fears of this world and reconnect with the Truth: Jesus.
What are some distractions that keep you from having those “still” moments?
In what ways can you make more time in your daily life to just be still?
“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul.”
Devotional submitted by Jennifer Lynn