Be Still and Know

Stillness and peace – those can be hard things to find in today’s world of distractions and noise. There is always something clamoring for our attention and it can be difficult to find peace. At the beginning of this year I put together a 28 day challenge to pursue peace and today I want to bring to you a 5 minute challenge from it. I encourage you to take just 5 minutes from your day to see if this attitude of stillness encourages you today. 

Prepare:  Turn off any radios, tvs, screens around you.  Create an environment of quietness (no sound or visual stimuli).  To pursue peace, the first step is to grow in our self-awareness which is best done in stillness.

Think: Consider Psalm 46, paying particular attention to what God says about Himself (what is His character) and how He interacts with the world (what He does).  Whether you write your thoughts down or reflect on them in your mind, consider the following.

Acknowledge God’s competency and sovereignty by telling yourself that God is able and will indeed exalt Himself in His way and in His time.  

Remind yourself that God doesn’t need you to help Him accomplish what He is doing in your life or in the world.  

Comfort yourself by reminding yourself that He is with you (vs. 11).  

Rejoice in God – praise and thank Him that He is the one who will win all the battles in your life in His time.

Psalm 46:10, “Be Still and Know that I am God” is embedded in a picture of fearful circumstances in which God’s answer to all humanity is to stop – Be Still.  In a world that “never shuts up”, in which we can live with perpetual streams of input, practicing this external quietness with an internal focus is what Spurgeon called an expressive silence (Charles Spurgeon); Calvin said to truly know God, we must first be still and must subdue and restrain our turbulent affections (John Calvin).  

Act:  Sit quietly for the rest of your 5 minutes.  As you do so, purposefully enjoy the peace that you have in some small or big way achieved.

Psalm 46, English Standard Version (ESV)To the choirmaster.
Of the Sons of Korah. According to Alamoth. A Song.
1 God is our refuge and strength,
a very present (well-proved) help in trouble.
2 Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
  though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea,
3 though its waters roar and foam
though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah
4 There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
the holy habitation of the Most High.
5 God is in the midst of her; she shall not be moved;
God will help her when morning dawns.
6 The nations rage, the kingdoms totter;
he utters his voice, the earth melts.
7 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah
8 Come, behold the works of the Lord,
how he has brought desolations on the earth.
9 He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
he breaks the bow and shatters the spear;
he burns the chariots with fire.
10 “Be still, and know that I am God.
 I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
11 The Lord of hosts is with us;
the God of Jacob is our fortress. Selah

May you be encouraged in the stillness today! Blessings, Elizabeth

PS – If you found today helpful and would like to read more, check out my 28-day Pursue Peace challenge!

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