In this fast-paced world we live in, it seems that we’ve forgotten what it means to be still. We’ve lost the wonder of simply resting and being satisfied with even the simple things we’ve been blessed with i.e. sight, love, forgiveness. When we’re faced with trials, we go asking Google “Why XYZ happens” and even in when we are in the midst of good seasons of life, we can’t help but chase after something more. All this running does is wear us down and keep us from truly being thankful for what we’ve been given. What we need, now more than ever, is for the peace of God to come and stop us in our tracks.
Why do we always feel the need to be doing something? Perhaps our society fears laziness so much that we’re too afraid to pause for even a second. We’re taught to never be content with reality; we’re taught that the more we work, the happier we will be. But this simply isn’t the truth. The truth is that all too often, we get in the way of our own happiness. When we feel discontent creeping in, we must remember that God has already given us far more than we deserve. Most importantly, He has given us His Son so that we may know eternal life in Him. There is nothing else we need: not money, not power, not control over our own futures. One of my favorite verses in Matthew says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” When we focus on loving God and His people, everything else will fall into place.
This applies in times of difficulty, as well. When we’re hurt, we always feel the need to take matters into our own hands. In our impatience, we react in the way that seems most logical to us. And usually, we end up making it worse. Being still means trusting that everything is in God’s hands, and that He has a plan for our lives. At times, we are all guilty of fighting that plan and swatting away the hand of God as He is healing us. The sooner we learn to let go, however, the faster we will heal.
The most important part of being still is the phrase that follows it: “Know that I am God.” As followers of Christ, we all know that God exists and that He cares for us. But it’s all too easy to get swept up in this cultural movement of discontent an exhaustion. We must constantly remind ourselves that we belong to a God who sees us, loves us, and is able to guide us IF WE CHOOSE. We don’t have to work for the grace we’ve been given. We can be still and take it. We don’t have to spend our lives laboring for happiness. It’s time to turn our eyes toward Him who gives us the strength each and every day.
I will be working on this more and more as the days pass but how about we start with 5 min a day and just be still. Put your phone on airplane mode and just be still before Him. It has been working for me the past few weeks. Just take 5 min and increase this time weekly. Whether you pray for someone else or just thank Him for who he is, just take 5….Be Still.