Noise is a major distraction. It interrupts our thoughts, disrupts our concentration, and interferes with our 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 stop, look around, 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 during life’s challenges because 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 genuinely 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 can only 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. It is the same with Jesus. Be still to know.
What a Friend we can have in Jesus if we take the time to be still to know Him!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to quiet our minds before You, open our hearts to You, and share our lives with You so that you can be our dear Friend. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture For Today: Be still and know that I am God! Psalm 46:10a
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