“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations. I will be exalted in the earth.” – Psalm 46:10
This morning I was walking my daughter to the school bus and she was telling me how much she has enjoyed sketching and painting lately. She asked me if I liked to draw when I was her age. This set off one of my old man speeches; “Back in MY day…” I told her that we didn’t have smart phones, internet, or streaming television and movies. We needed to find other ways to entertain ourselves. Sitting and drawing was one of those ways and it was always very peaceful for me. Stillness was much easier to find back then.
Satan loves to keep us constantly distracted. Distraction is the enemy of peace. But stillness continues to exist. It is there for anyone who wishes to pursue it. We have more distractions today than probably any time in history, and very seldom do times of stillness simply present themselves unexpectedly. But Psalm 46:10 tells us to be still, not to simply stumble upon stillness. Stillness is a spiritual discipline, and in our day and age it must be pursued intentionally and passionately. The reward, however, is more than worth the effort. When we are still, our eyes can focus on our Lord. And when our eyes focus on our Lord, we get glimpses into his unfathomable majesty. When we are still, He is exalted.
Mighty God, Majestic Lord, Loving Father give us the wisdom, passion, and strength to pursue peacefulness in our lives. Let us see the value and experience the blessing of stillness.
In Christ’s Service,
Pastor Shane Cannon