Be Still and Know
Everyone knows what it’s like to be busy: coffee in hand, eyes red from too many sleepless nights, rushing from this activity to that responsibility. A never-ending list of things to do, places to go, and people to see. Never a moment to just stop. A moment to just simply be alive outside of the confines of a to-do list. Nope, this generation is governed not by the mind, not by the heart, but by the ever pressing, ever present, to-do list. We all have one, right? Whether written in a planner, pixilated on a computer screen, or stored in our brains – we are never free of the responsibilities clearly written out in a neat, little list labeled “to-do.” But is this what it really means to be alive? Is living really rushing from one place to the next, one task to the next, never taking a moment to just breath? Is living in the absence of noticing that you are alive even living at all?
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God…” Did you notice how this verse was phrased? Did it say, “You should be still,” or “It would be a good idea if you took a moment to know that God is in control?” No! It said, “Be still and know.” Commands – two commands actually. The first setting up the second. How are we supposed to reflect on the knowledge that God is indeed God, and is indeed in control, if we are too busy rushing from one task to the next? How can we come to terms with these facts if we do not first stop, take a moment, and be still? How will we have the energy to know God’s power, if we are too tired to even think at the end of the day?
Productivity is the idol of our generation - or better phrased, busyness is the idol of our generation. The worst part of this overworked, schedule-focused generation, is that when free moments appear, they are wasted. Wasted listening to pointless music, binge-watching Netflix, or doing anything to fill the voids that are left when busyness is not present. Wasting hours on end is not rest, is not being still. Psalm 1:1-2 states, “Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the way of sinners, nor sits in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the LORD, and on His law He meditates day and night.”
Mediating on God’s word, spending time in prayer, reflecting on how God has worked and is working, that is being still. Being still is listening. Listening for God, for what He is saying. The world is so loud, and God whispers. Moments of spiritual, mental, and emotional stillness are needed, are crucial, in order to hear what God is saying.