Be still and know
'Be still and know that I am God'
A lovely Christian woman bought a photograph from me on Saturday with this text on it. I asked why she chose this particular text. She replied, ‘because I keep needing to be reminded to stop and give time to God.’ I said, ‘perhaps then we should all have a photograph with this text on it hanging on our walls!’
In many ways I seem to have been forced into solitude and quietness through various health problems. Learning to be still has taken a great deal of effort, especially since I have fought against it every step of the way.
Whenever I ‘feel good’ my life seems to go into overdrive and I try and cram as much into a day as I possibly can. I enjoy it. I love being busy. Today, once more I am frustrated at being laid aside.
But I need to spend more time alone with my Saviour. For all my running about I had little to show for it in way of spiritual fruit. Some folk are better pupils than others, and I regret that I needed such action in my life before submitting to His Will. He rules and overrules everything.
There is a submission to God's Will that generates peace beyond the description of any words. There is no safer place for the Christian to be than at the feet of Jesus. It is one thing however to sit at His feet and it is another thing to listen to what He is saying.
I need to take these two words not just as a statement but as a command from God. If I do not find a way to be still then God will find a way for me. He is a jealous God and He seeks our attention and affection. He longs to love us in a more intimate way, even when we just do not seem to have the time to spare. We think there are just not enough hours in the day.
How many of us make resolutions at New Year with the intention of becoming better people? How long do those resolutions last? I do not know of any Christian brother or sister who does not want to live a better life than they are living at present. But how are we to go about living this better life?
God's Word says, 'Be still!'
We need to ask ourselves - when was the last time that we experienced real peace in our souls? Do we see His hand in the little things in life? Do we look for great things but are then left disappointed? Is it possible that we are blind to the daily benefits bestowed upon us, taking things for granted while expecting miracles!
How often is it the case that one look at ourselves leaves our souls paralysed? We are good for nothing. How many of us for instance, when it's time to take our place at the Lord's Table find ourselves shuddering at the thought? We are not good enough to sit there. Our lives are a mess and anything but what a Christian life should be like. But listen my friend - the Lord's Table is for sinners not for saints. It's for you and I.
His blood has bought your place at that table. Do not disappoint Him. He that honours me, I will honour.
Is it at all possible for us to take time apart from the crowds, apart from our family and friends for half an hour today in order to sit at the feet of Jesus? It does not really matter when we do this as our souls will benefit no matter what time of day or night it's done.
We are never disappointed when seeking our Saviour in earnest. He is always there, waiting for us with open arms and a listening ear. Tell Him all your problems, share your heartache with Him, pour our your heart and soul then sit and wait and listen.
Be still and know that I am God.
One final thought before I close. The longer we sit in silence in the morning watch the more we tend to get done in a day!
Author : Iain Mackenzie Edited by : Pastor Al Moak