Be Still

Psalm 46:10: “Be still and know that I am God.”

With smart phones, iPods, iPads, netbooks, Skype, and social media, how can we be still and know that God is God?

I have witnessed men and women text on their cellphones during Sunday school and church services. They seem obsessed with their cellphones.

One man answered his cellphone while the preacher delivered his sermon. The man carried on a conversation as if nothing else was going on and no one else was there.

Recently, I attended a conference at a hotel where one room was transformed into a prayer room. The room was semi-dark, and a picture of the Last Supper hung on a wall. The table in front of that picture had bread and grape juice to allow the conferees to partake in a remembrance of the Last Supper.

Kneelers, chairs, pillows on the floor and boxes of tissue were available. That prayer room became my favorite place at the conference.

One woman told me her family argued about which programs to watch on TV. She got rid of the TV and made a prayer room out of the room where they previously quarreled. Now the room has good memories for the family.

My Florida room is my prayer room. I struggle to be still and know that God is God. It’s easy to be caught up in activity. However, each time I see that room, God reminds me of his command to be still and know that he is God.

In a world that offers one distraction after another, we need to choose our activities with God’s wisdom. We can’t say, “Yes” to every request. A need is not necessarily our calling. If we fill that need, we will deny the right person of the blessing of obedience.

We may decide to get up earlier in the morning before other family members do. Since school is out for the summer, some mothers admit they lock themselves in the bathroom to be still before the Lord.

One woman told me she likes to stay up late, so she is still with God after everyone goes to bed.

Once we find a way to be still, we will want to guard it and be consistent. Blessings will be ours when we obey God.

 Dear God, help me be still and know you are God. Amen.

Application: When will you be still this week and know that God is God?

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