Most of are living such fast-paced lives. We see tweet after tweet about self-care and the importance of slowing down and actually enjoying the life we live. I think, as Christians, some of us are in a constant hurry because we’re running away from God. We try to bury ourselves in our work, our families, our hobbies so that we don’t have to face God’s correction. We don’t want to acknowledge that our constant “busyness” is really just avoidance. At least, I don’t.
Recently, I’ve felt so overwhelmed with everything that I had going on and I heard God say, “Be still and know that I am God.” So I stopped working on the things that I was working on, waiting to hear what He had to say next. I got nothing and I started to get a bit frustrated. I’m being still, I’m not moving forward on any of these projects, and He wasn’t saying anything at all! And then He spoke, and He told me that I wasn’t being still at all. Yes, I stopped doing some things, but that wasn’t at all what He meant. I was still worrying, I was still impatient, and I was still frustrated. I wasn’t actually operating from a place of stillness.
Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! – Psalms 46:10
So what does it really mean to be still and know that He is God?
- To be is to exist. This means that still is not just a one time thing. It is a state of being. We are to be still through the good and the bad, through ups and downs, and through every storm that we face.
- Still is defined as not moving or making a sound, and deep silence and calm. Still comes from the Hebrew word rapha meaning to let go, or release. Being still in Christ means surrendering and letting go of your need to control the outcomes of your life. Being still means submitting to God’s will and God’s way. It means trusting Him to do what He said He was going to do in His time, without being impatient.
- To know something is to be aware of through observation, inquiry, or information, or to have developed a relationship with (someone) through meeting and spending time with them.
- To know God you have to be aware of Him and his presence through observation, and have a relationship with Him through actually spending time with Him.
- Spending time with God means praying, worshipping, and studying His word. You can not be still and trust God to do what He says He will do if you don’t even know who He is.
- How do you get to know new people? You spend time with them, you learn what they do and don’t like through talking to them and asking them questions. You can do the same thing with God. Pray with Him, not to Him. A lot of us pray like we’re leaving God a voicemail, instead of praying like it’s an actual conversation where He can respond to us. You know that you have a relationship with God when you’re willing to talk less, and listen more!
Be Still and Know
If I had to summarize this into one sentence, I would say this: To be still and know is to exist in a place with total submission and awareness of who God is through relationship and observation. If you want God’s best for your life, you have to know who He is, what He does, and why. You learn this through reading and studying the word of God, praying, and communicating with God just like He’s your best friend – because He is!
My prayer for you today is that you begin to develop a real relationship with God. I pray that you make it a priority to spend time with Him through reading the Word of God and simply praying. I pray that when you start to have a genuine relationship with Him, it becomes easier to be still and know that His plan, His purpose, and His power is working in your life!
As always I want to thank God for using me as His messenger. You are loved and worthy. You mean something to me and you mean something to God. He has a great plan for your life if you make the decision to follow Him. I hope that this post will resonate with you in your day-to-day life as you began to work on the things that are stopping you from living your best life.
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