Grace & Peace!!
Today’s Uplift: Be Still. Psalm 46:10 says “Be still and know that I am God”. Webster defines stillness as the absence of motion, a state of being free from noise or turbulence. This definition does not sound like the world we live in! Ask yourself…when was the last time you were still? We rush to work; we rush through our meals; we rush to church or we rush to pick up our kids from school/daycare. When was the last time you weren’t staring at a screen trying to catch up with the day’s email, news, tweets or FB post? Has there ever been a time in history when it was more difficult to find stillness in society? And yet, the Bible is clear: “Be still and know that I am God”. Anyone who wants to know God must learn to be still sometimes. God can surely be found in the midst of our busy lives, otherwise He would not have placed us here with families and jobs and traffic.
The good news is we don’t have to just “learn to live with it”. We have the power to look to our Lord and savior as our example and slip away to a quiet place if only for a few minutes for some prayer time and peace. We all have the same needs and they are to be cleansed of our sins, to receive eternal life, and to have regular and even constant fellowship with God. Psalm 23:2 “He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters”.
When we lose touch with God, the result is that the outward, noisy, busy world takes over our thinking and directs our steps, and then we wonder why we feel so distant from God and why our life is out of order. So how do we be Still to Know God? In the midst of all the commotion around us, how can we be still to know God? The best way is to call on the name of the Lord.
The only One who can quiet the storm around us is Jesus. We should simply contact Him by crying out to Him, the One who controlled the storm and the sea in, Mark 4:39 “And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm” When we call on Him, He stills the storm of our everyday life and brings us into alignment with His spirit where we can be still and know God. We must remember that He is our life-giving Spirit who is now dwelling within us.
He is available to us anytime, anywhere. Whether we are old or young, poor or rich, strong or weak, we are all human, created to know God. He wants us to know Him. He is within us, waiting for us to turn to Him and know Him. Yes, we can know God in our busy, noisy lives, but we won’t hear Him in the commotion on the surface of daily life. We can only hear Him in the quiet, still, inner man of the heart—our human spirit. Philippians 4:7 “And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus”.
Silence can surly intimidate some of us. Silence can cause you to address issues that you might be running from. It's easy to fill each day with busyness and then block out concerns through hours of mind-numbing television viewing, internet surfing or reading. None of these activities are bad, however, if they are used to fill a void that is not being filled, over time, the toll will manifest itself in the form of lost relationships, lost opportunities and lost dreams never being fulfilled when only He can fill the void. So, if you are feeling overwhelmed, try being still - or telling those overwhelming thoughts to, "Shut up!" With practice, you can begin to feel peace, just as the waters that Jesus calmed, when he shouted, "Peace be still!"
I understand why David had to command his soul to be still and know that He is God. Being quiet is difficult, and almost impossible for some of us. You may even find out that your soul and spirit have been starving for stillness for a long time. But when you give it a taste of stillness, it will not be satisfied unless it is a regular part of your day. Will you commit to take a few minutes a day to just sit and be quiet? I mean so quiet and still that you can hear a pin drop, and just sit, look, listen, and remember what it's like to be still.
Will you take the time to "Be still and know that He is God?" Will you take some time to sit and quiet your soul before the Lord? God wants you in His presence. Here are some bible verses on being still. Get some of these deep down in your soul and use them when the busyness of live tries to rear its ugly head.
Be still and see the salvation of the Lord. (Exodus 14:13-14); Be still by the side of the Lord. (Exodus 33:21);
Be still so you won't miss the great things God is doing. (1 Samuel 12:16, Job 37:14); Stand still and see the deliverance of the Lord. (2 Chronicles 20:17); Be still. It's the antidote to fretting. (Psalm 37:7); Let Jesus rebuke your storms, "Peace, be still." (Mark 4:39)
When we read the Bible, we will learn to recognize the way God talks to us, the kind of things He says, and the merciful love He offers. God is: Omniscient – all knowing; Omnipresent – universal presence at the same time; Omnipotent – all powerful; Holy, Faithful, Sovereign and Infinite – without measure, forever.
Over comer, “Stand still and consider the wondrous works of God.” Quiet you mind… you won’t believe what you are missing!!
Be Optimistic; Be Open Minded; Be an Over comer!!