Be Still and Know I am God
Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.Psalm 46:10
Have you ever had the desire to be free from worrisome troubling thoughts and replace it with thoughts of peace and relaxation? The Hebrew definition of the word still, is to let go or surrender. This implies letting go of our current worldly thoughts and refocus our thoughts towards God. If we learn this, it is a giant step in learning to control our thoughts.
If we practice being still, learning to focus and concentrate, God through his divine power will enable us to control our thoughts. The time we spend in prayer, reading the Word, or in worship with other Christians, is a time to practice being still, letting go and focusing on God and his ways.
Being still is something we do to overcome troubling stressful thoughts, but can it be a continuous state of mind? How does the peace that transcends understanding and our faith relate to being still? And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:7) We seek to be still in the physical because we all get tired and need rest, and being physically tired can affect how we think and act. If we get the proper rest and experience the peace that transcends understanding; then it will be easier to reap the blessing of a quiet, relaxing, mind that is still and knows God. When the world around us starts becoming chaotic, that’s the time to make a strong effort to be still in our thoughts and ask the Lord for peace and wisdom.
We can really be still and know God if we can get away from the busy world and find a spot where we can be alone, then we can mediate. This is a level of stillness that is virtually impossible to find during our busy days because we just can’t stop get away and meditate. However, the more we meditate the easier it becomes to refocus our thoughts and become still in our stressful moments.
Key to being still inside is the ability to control our emotions, especially the troubling emotions that come from Satan. It’s our emotions that usually steal our stillness and peace. If we practice running to the Lord with faith, praying for peace and his guidance, we can achieve control over our troubling emotions. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. (Philippians 4:6-7)
Today take the time to refocus your mind and commune with the Lord. Seek to be still when the world around you gets busy. Keep your emotions under control, because emotions can easily steal your stillness, peace, and Godly wisdom.
Prayer: Lord, help me to be still in my thoughts today, putting my faith in you and walking in your wisdom. Help me to overcome any worry and have the confidence that comes from you. Lord the more I depend on you and walk in your divine wisdom, the more I can experience being still and know that you are God. In Jesus name, Amen