Give me a word, Lord: BE STILL

Psalm 46:10 He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

Being still. Boy do I have trouble with that one. Anyone who knows me knows that I don’t do “being still” very well. My body is in constant motion. I’ve made a point of making myself stop and be still while writing these early morning devotionals. It’s nice to get into God’s Word and spend some quiet time with Jesus and coffee. I am currently sitting out on my deck listening to the sound of the creek as it ripples by. The birds sound like a beautiful praise team, chirping and singing away. I can hear a few frogs chime in with their ribbits here and there. I even hear some coyotes howling in the distance. Yes, this is a great place to be still although I won’t sit here very long. I have a full day ahead of me, and I can’t be still for long at all. It’s springtime on the farm, and I’m too young to retire despite what my creaking bones and joints keep telling me. Yet, God commands us to be still. Not only that, He tells us to know that He is God. That is some seriously important information right there, Peeps! Be still and know!

I don’t think that God wants us to stop working. He gave us hands and feet, and He expects us to work. There are dozens of verses in the bible about not being lazy or about being slothful. God is speaking here to His battle prone people. He is telling them to cease and desist, to stop, to be still. He is letting them know that He is in control. After all, He is God almighty! He is letting them know, “I got this. Let it go. I’m in control.”

Oh, the battles that rage on in this curly head of mine. I spend way too much time trying to fight the battles in my head, solve the problems of the world, or figure out how a situation will end or resolve. I’m a problem solver. That’s a big part of who I am. Oh, I pray about the problems. I give them to God, but I admit that I’m guilty of grabbing them back far too many times! God doesn’t want us to do this. He is bigger than any problem we will encounter, and guess what? He already knows the solution. There is no reason to sit and fret. God’s got it! We only have to be still and know that He has it. He is going to work everything out for our good and His glory. We only have to be still and know that He will! Give it to God and let it go! Be still and know!

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