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Be still and know that I am GodIf there is one thing that is hard for me to do it is to “be still” for any amount of time. Even when I was a kid, my mother told me I was a bit restless even when I was sick. And in today’s world, we live in such a fast paced society that nobody really knows what it’s like to “be still” for any length of time except when we are asleep at night. Of course, that can all change if one’s circumstances change, like losing a job and still not finding another one after six and a half years. But even in the midst of unemployment and financial challenges, I find it hard to “be still” for any length of time.

However, when it comes to God, it is something we are admonished (in a good way) to do. He knows best, and we don’t know anything compared to Him. And I was reminded of this very fact when I read Job 38-42 this morning. It was humbling to say the very least . . . . And if you want to be humbled, read it. It might even make you feel better if you are going through a really hard time right now. If nothing else, you will get a picture of just how big God is and how little control we have over much of anything in our lives.

For the past couple of months I haven’t written very many blog posts. I was traveling a lot in October and early November, and I guess I’ve reached a point where I am just very tired of my circumstances, living in hotels I can’t afford, and wondering when this particular script in my life will finally take an upward turn. To say it is getting old beyond words is putting words to something that there are just no words for anymore. However, that is not to say that I am disgruntled or down by saying that. Absolutely not! Regardless of my circumstances, I am “up” 98% of the time. God is still in control, and that never changes.

Back to the issue of “being still”–now that the holiday season is upon us (and it’s the busiest season for the entire year here in America), if we ever plan on “being still” for even a moment, it’s not likely to happen right now. Maybe we can put it on our list of New Year’s Resolutions that we probably won’t keep for very long (as New Year’s Resolutions tend to go). Our intentions may be right, but our “flesh is weak” and time never seems to be on our side.

In a few days we will be celebrating Thanksgiving. And following quickly on its heels will be Christmas and New Year’s. In the midst of all of this activity, let me interject a psalm for us to contemplate during this incredibly busy season. It’s a reminder to “be still.”

I’ll keep this post short as that way you’ll have more time to contemplate the psalm. And here it is . . . Psalm 46:

Psalm 46v10God is our refuge and strength,
    an ever-present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way
    and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea,
though its waters roar and foam
    and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy place where the Most High dwells.
God is within her, she will not fall;
    God will help her at break of day.
Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall;
    he lifts his voice, the earth melts.

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done,
    the desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease
    to the ends of the earth.
He breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God;
    I will be exalted among the nations,
    I will be exalted in the earth.”

The Lord Almighty is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Here’s wishing you and your family and loved ones a very happy Thanksgiving. And in the midst of the activity, find a few moments to just “be still” . . . .

Be still  . . .

And know . . .

That I am God . . . .

YouTube Video: “Be Still and Know” by Steven Curtis Chapman:

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1 Comment

  1. Mrs. N says:

    I can so relate to this post–it’s something I’m working on improving–making time to be still and just wait on Him.


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