Psalm 46:10

One of my favorite verses of Scripture is Psalm 46:10, “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  The theme of the entire Psalms is God’s abiding presence that gives us comfort and protection.  In the middle of our chaos, we can be still or be at peace and know that God will take care of the situation.   The problem is that it can be very hard for us to be still.  We like our activity, and a lack of doing makes us feel hopeless.  To be still is not stopping all activity, but to act in a way that declares faith in God.  Here are a few practical helps to “be still.”

Learn to say to no.  There are a lot of good things that we can be involved with every day.  But, what is good is not always great for us and what is perfect for us may only be good for someone else.  It is better for us to find the three to five activities that are great for us than to have our hand in ten good things.  To accomplish this, we have to learn to say no to certain things.

Develop spiritual disciplines.  When we mention spiritual disciplines, we typically think of studying our Bible, praying, going to church.  These disciplines do help with learning to be still, but there are others that have a greater emphasis on teaching us to be still. Spiritual disciplines such as simplicity and solitude are excellent for teaching us to be still.  Another is learning to celebrate blessings.  Focusing on these are wonderful for teaching us to be still.