BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD (Psalm 46:10)
The Hebrew definition of being still is to stop striving, to let go, surrender.
How often do we ask God for everything, but we don’t stop to listen or to be still? The act of being still and getting quiet becomes more of a challenge in our hectic world. The world asks us to be busy. God asks us to be still so that we can receive love, peace and guidance.Along with busyness comes the fearful and anxious thoughts we hold onto. It’s been stated that we have upwards of 50,000 thoughts a day.
Quieting the mind, shutting up the mind requires practice. One powerful way to shut up thoughts that don’t serve us is by practicing christian meditation, not yoga but christian meditation.(see previous posts) Meditation helps to renew the mind, to be still, to let go and surrender, to shut up the thoughts that do not serve 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 magazines. 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.
Next time you’re stressed, overburdened and feeling anxious, silence those thoughts by saying, “Peace, be still.” When you need strength and help, let go and rest in God, your refuge. “Be still and know that I am God.”
We can take comfort in slowing down and resting in God to provide help, strength and safety.