Agitated, frustrated, restless and upset. Sometimes these feelings seem to be more the rule than the exception these days. Maybe it’s due to our hectic schedules or even a result of the technology that we use on a daily basis. Or maybe it’s a result of sin – fear, anger, worry or guilt.
Take a breath
The hardest thing to do is simply to just pause, take a deep breath, and be still. Cultivating this habit of quieting our hearts is not only good for our health but our souls as well.
Is it bigger than our God?
It starts with knowing our God better. Whatever we are afraid of, or angry with, or worried about, or ashamed of, we need to ask ourselves a simple question: Is it really bigger than our God?
Obviously it’s not.
God will shelter us, protect us and be our strength. He promises to be our help in times of need. We know this because He says in His word:
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging… He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress (Psalm 46:1-3, 10-11, NIV).
That’s your function.
Be still, and know that I am God! (Ps 46:10)
That’s God’s advice to us.
Be still and know.
Two critical words; “still” and “know” – both passive.
The emphasis is on “be” and not “do”.
Be still rather than worry.
Be still rather than running around.
Be still rather than argue.
Be still rather than talk.
Be still when the world seems to revolve around you.
Be still and think.
Be still and pray.
Be still to hear the Spirit.
Be still and contemplate.
Be still and just breathe.
Just be still and take a moment.
Relax and let God be God. He does it well.
Find the time to be still.
Be still and know that you aren’t God.
Be still and know that your employer can carry on without you.
Be still and chill.
God is in charge.
Nothing, I repeat, nothing happens without His awareness.
Source: Messiah Lutheran Church Blog