Have you ever thought about that statement, "Be Still, and know I am God?" I'm almost certain many people have thought of it, but don't actually live it out, or quite understand it. We live in a world that is on the go, and usually that means to continually be doing something. I'm guilty of this myself. Quite often, when not working, I have something going on, whether entertainment, a shopping trip, church function, music, video games, sports, some function or other....I could keep going, but I won't. The point, I think is pretty clear: we live in a time when being still is not on our agenda, and so it's something we ignore. Think on it a minute, when was the last time you stopped everything just to sit and be still in the presence of God? I know, I know, people say "Waiters serve while they're waiting," I've said it myself. Yet sometimes, we need to be still in His presence. Consider Mary and Martha: Martha had Messiah in her presence, and was too busy to enjoy His company. Mary sat at His feet. Martha complained to Jesus, He vindicated Mary's choice as best. If we're waiting on an answer, yes, at times, we should serve Jesus as we wait, but what is most important is to sit and be. It's hard to hear Jesus if we keep rushing around saying "Just a minute." I'm going to challenge you: get up early, go find a place free of phones and distractions, bring your bible, or just yourself, and sit and be with God. Pray, but sit and listen as well, read, but hear as well. It is best to sit at the feet of Messiah, and this choice is far superior to being busy for Him. He will let us know, after all, James tells us "draw near to God and He will draw near to you."
Luke 10:38-42 English Standard Version (ESV)
Martha and Mary
38 Now as they went on their way, Jesus[a] entered a village. And a woman named Martha welcomed him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord's feet and listened to his teaching. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving. And she went up to him and said, “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Tell her then to help me.” 41 But the Lord answered her, “Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things, 42 but one thing is necessary.[b] Mary has chosen the good portion, which will not be taken away from her.”
a. Luke 10:38 Greek he
b. Luke 10:42 Some manuscripts few things are necessary, or only one
Psalm 46 English Standard Version (ESV)
God Is Our Fortress
To the choirmaster. Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth.[a] A Song.
46 God is our refuge and strength, a very present[b] help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, 3 though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. 5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. 6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. 7 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth; he breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the chariots with fire. 10 “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” 11 The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
a. Psalm 46:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term
b.Psalm 46:1 Or well proved