Noise is a major distraction. It interrupts our thoughts, disrupts our concentration and interferes with conversations. It prevents us from going to sleep and even awakens us when we do not want to be disturbed. It is often used in athletic contests and sporting events to destroy the focus of team members at critical times.
Wisely the Psalmist advises us to “Be still, and know that I am God.” Another translation presents it differently and with more clarity: “I will be still in Your presence, O God, so I can learn to know You more intimately.” For us to grow into the likeness of Christ we must become still in the presence of God.
The word still implies the need for the Christian to see, stop, think, relax, and learn the meaning of the great events that God is performing in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Our minds are usually occupied with the ordinary, day-to-day things of life that demand our constant attention. Then suddenly and with no warning we are overwhelmed with an event that consumes us and requires our complete attention – night and day until the threat passes. It is indeed difficult to be still in the midst of life’s challenges. Life’s noises bring deafness to God’s voice.
However, when we do become still in His presence, He will bring calmness to our hearts and peace to our minds. And if we truly want to know Him, as He wants us to know Him, we will take time each day to do only one thing – experience Him as we experience any other person. We will come to know others if we spend time in their presence, believe that they care for us, open our hearts to them in trust, share with them our deepest concerns and know that they do us no harm. Be still to know.
What a Friend we can have in Jesus if we take the time!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to quiet our minds before You, open our hearts to You and share our lives with You as a dear Friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 46:10a He says, “Be still, and know that I am God.”