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Be Still!

Pastor Andrew SchankAs a little boy, my mother would often tell me to, “Be Still!” No, her admonition was not always in a tender and delicate tone, but it was always very clear. I never had any doubt about what it was I was supposed to do. More than likely, you have a similar story to tell. From a child, each of us know that there are times when we should put everything down and BE STILL!

The Holy Spirit of God conveys a similar thought to each of us in Psalm 46:10. The Scriptures states, “Be still, and know that I am God:…” With the entire context of the particular Psalm in mind, we understand this verse teach us that regardless of circumstances and surroundings every child of God should pause and reflect upon the fact that He, God Himself, is on His righteous throne. Make no mistake about it… He will be exalted and He is in charge!

Recently, I was smitten by this truth as I was driving to the Post office in our little town along the Missouri River here in Eastern Nebraska. It was the morning rush, just after the morning bells rang to announce the start of the school day. People were hurrying along trying to beat the traffic light so they could jockey for the best position to negotiate their leave of the downtown area as they headed for their place of employment. It hit me. I mean it really hit me! Everyone is in such a hurry doing this and that. Not just in the context of dropping their children off at their neighborhood school, but in many other areas of life. We are just so busy!

That cold Winter morning my Heavenly Father brought this verse to my mind as I observed the frantic traffic behavior and as I was contemplating my priorities of the day. He seemed to say to me, “Andrew, slow down! The compulsion to get things done is over rated! Be still and KNOW that I am God!” No, I did not hear an audible voice, but if I had, it would not have been any clearer.

The truth is that we are often consumed with the deception of pomp and circumstance. Much of our daily routine is nothing more than fluff. Yet, we think that the fluff is somehow important and necessary for us to accomplish our daily priorities. Couple that with the battles of our life and life seems to be a whirlwind.

Think about it… we all know how important our personal devotion time with God is, yet we seem to allow ourselves to get caught up in the winds of the non-essential. Our storms of life could be better weathered if we would BE STILL and calmly reflect upon the character and power of God! Nothing is more sweet than watching God calm the storm as He speaks to our heart from His Infallible Word!

I challenge each of us to BE STILL and KNOW, that is, to ponder and know by observation, reflection and experience that God is in control. He will be a refuge for our souls if we will allow Him to be. Each day that we are privileged to walk God’s Real Estate, may we take meaningful time to read the Holy Word of God. May we gaze into each verse and ponder its ramifications. May we allow God’s Word to temper our soul for the day. May we avail ourselves of the greatest wireless connection known to our generation… PRAYER! May each of us step back into the reality that God Almighty is, in fact, Almighty and that He is our refuge!

(Psalms 46:1-11) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved: God shall help her, and that right early. The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah. Come, behold the works of the LORD, what desolations he hath made in the earth. He maketh wars to cease unto the end of the earth; he breaketh the bow, and cutteth the spear in sunder; he burneth the chariot in the fire. Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.” (KJV)


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