“Be still and know that I am God” (Psalm 46:10)
How can one be “still” in a society like ours? Our life is so full and there are things that compete with every minute. We are made to feel guilty when being still. You are seen as lazy when taking time to be still. You should be doing something!
The Scriptures teach us to be good workers. They even teach us to be hard workers. God does not appreciate the lazy, but this is not to be done at the expense of rest and being “still” before God. From the garden of Eden God has instituted the Sabbath principle. It is a regular rhythm of rest before God.
God knows that we need this. He also knows that it cannot truly take place unless we “know” Him. You cannot really experience the “still” of this verse without the “know”. We can never totally rest…relax…be still unless we know that God is God. This is the knowledge that life, ours included, depends on Him. He will take care of us and no amount of “busy-ness” on our part can change that. The very discipline of being “still” (and it is a discipline by the way) is being able to step back and let God be God. It is acknowledging that “Lord, you got this”.
So, today on the second Sabbath of our Lenten journey, “be still and know” that He is God.