Knowing How to Be Still

I think being busy can be a good thing. It means we're trying to fill our lives with something, instead of wasting away in front of our televisions, phones, or other such distractions. At the same time, I think Busy-ness is blocking us from real, genuine relationship to God, and with one another. We fill our lives to capacity and work ourselves to death, even if that work is family functions, being on the move (constantly), sports, and whatever else there may be. God rested, and said it was good. Why do we think we know any better? Another example: some of the best times I have in my life with my kids is literally sitting and doing nothing. Granted, they're all 9 and under, so they're still fans of me, but this is so wonderful, I can't help but feel God loves these moments too: when my children curl up in my lap, just to sit and be with me, it's close to perfection. Why, if I am an earthly father, full of sin and vice, and I get these small, almost perfect moments, should I think that my Heavenly Father who provides me with such moments should like it any less than I do? Being still with the Father is important. Knowing that He desires time with his children, even just sitting and being, is important. Stop the busy-mess. Sit and be still.

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. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah


There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy habitation of the Most High. God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved; God will help her when morning dawns. The nations rage, the kingdoms totter; he utters his voice, the earth melts. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah


Come, behold the works of the Lord, how he has brought desolations on the earth. 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


Footnotes:

a. Psalm 46:1 Probably a musical or liturgical term

b. Psalm 46:1 Or well proved


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