Be Still – Psalm 46:10

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.”

What a whirlwind! Running here and there I struggle to get things accomplished. I have to write things down or else I forget. Usually as I am writing I think of five other things that need to be done. I am not very good at multitasking either. Sometimes, like yesterday, I feel like I did a lot but got very little done. And I am one who gets a bit anxious when things don’t get done.

When we get in a hurry we also eat in hurry. Often times we don’t take time to enjoy the food. There have actually been times when I have looked on my desk thinking I had my lunch sitting there only to find that it was gone… I had eaten it without thinking. Sometimes when we are in a hurry we aren’t very particular about what we eat and so we eat food that is empty calories or not very good for us. We scarf it down and get something else. Portion control goes out the window when we are in a hurry too.

The other thing that happens when we get too rushed is that we forget to exercise or don’t have time to do it. We are so rushed we feel like we have already went ten rounds with the Champ and all we want to do is rest or veg-out. But often we haven’t added any extra steps or movement to our routine. Our minds have been rushed but our body hasn’t done all that much.

The worst thing that happens when we are rushed is that we forget to take time for personal devotions and prayer. Our personal time of worship goes out the window. Our relationship with the Lord suffers. The devil gets a foot hold and we succumb to temptation.

The world has always been a busy place. In the past people had to worry about survival. Today we have to worry about getting the kids to soccer, having enough money to pay the bills, helping the kids get the school project done, being on time to work, and satisfying all the demands of family life, work, church, and civic organizations.

We often complain about having enough me time. But when does God get his due? In Psalm 46, we see the roar of the turmoil of the world. You can almost feel the earth move. But then we come to verse 10 and we see God say, “Be still”. It is easy to get swept away and let the roar of the world move us. But God says to “Be still”. It is God who is in control. It is God who has the whirlwind in his hands.

In all we do, we need to put God first. We need to let him have the whirlwind of our lives. Then it won’t be how much we accomplished but what God has done in our lives.

Dear Father, God Almighty, You hold the world in your hands. You are the author of all time and space. You alone control what happens. Why do I run around accomplishing so little when I should be putting you first. You are exalted among the earth. I exalt you and lift you up in praise and worship. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.”

“It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about?”
Henry David Thoreau

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