Psalm 46:10…. Be still and know that I am God. As I recently dwelled on that verse, I realized that this one verse embodies all three components of our life: the physical, the mental, and the spiritual.
It is in the physical realm that we can BE STILL. We can all agree that it is hard to BE STILL. I love my life! I would not choose to change a thing about it. But raising 6 kids, trying to be a good wife, friend, daughter, plus trying to run two companies, I am usually anything but still. It is hard for me to be still. I mean, doesn’t another verse tell us to “run the race to win the prize”? And yet, we have been created to Be Still. We NEED to be still. Our society has lost the understanding of the importance of just Being Still.
I once read an article entitled “Where Have All the Front Porches Gone?” It described the shift in architectural design. Few houses these days include front porches. Why? Because no one has time to sit on one! We must learn to BE STILL. What does that look like, practically? I really can’t say what that looks like for you. Those are choices that you alone can make. But I do believe that it boils down to this: eliminate and concentrate. Eliminate those things that are unnecessary in your life. Concentrate on what matters–even if that means that you have to go against the crowd. Give yourself wider margins in life; don’t fill up every second of every day. If you do, you will look back and realize that your days flew by in a blur and you will have missed it.
Yes, we run the race to win the prize! Yes, we do our work heartily as Colossians—- tells us. But, just as importantly, we must carve out time to BE STILL.
The verse says: Be still and know that I am God
BE Still is in the physical realm.
AND KNOW is in the mental realm. What do you know? What is truth? So many lies bombard us all the time… “I am not good enough” “I am not efficient enough” “I am not gifted enough” What about this one? “I have messed up too badly to be redeemed.” God’s Word blows that lie out of the water, and shouts the truth that no one and no situation is unredeemable. We need to take our thoughts captive, as 1 Corinthians says. We need to examine our thought processes. We need to quit believing lies about ourselves, and instead commit to only focusing on what is true, and good and right. We need to know the truth and we need to live like we know the truth.
What did the verse say? It says, “Be still and know that I am God.”
BE STILL is in the physical realm. AND KNOW is in the mental realm.
THAT I AM GOD. That part is in the spiritual realm. We need to know that there is a powerful one who is on our side. God can bring the calm to our chaos. God can right our wrongs. God will never leave us nor forsake us.