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Oct 21

Be Still and Know God

Begin by taking some deep breaths. As you breath you can begin to clear your mind.

  • Breath in by saying or thinking “Be”
  • Breath out by saying or thinking “Still”

-continue this breathing exercise until you feel you are ready to continue.

Psalm 46:10

God is our refuge and strength,
    a very present help in trouble.
Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change,
    though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea;
though its waters roar and foam,
    though the mountains tremble with its tumult. Selah

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God,
    the holy habitation of the Most High.
God is in the midst of the city; it shall not be moved;
    God will help it when the morning dawns.
The nations are in an uproar, the kingdoms totter;
    he utters his voice, the earth melts.
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Come, behold the works of the Lord;
    see what desolations he has brought on the earth.
He makes wars cease to the end of the earth;
    he breaks the bow, and shatters the spear;
    he burns the shields with fire.
“Be still, and know that I am God!
    I am exalted among the nations,
    I am exalted in the earth.”
The Lord of hosts is with us;
    the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah

Psalm 46

“Be still and know that I am God!” WOW!! This is a hard thing, and yet when I take the time to be still and know who God is my mind seems to work better. This is the message I needed this week. The message to remember to take time to see God in the world around me. The message to take a moment of silence so I can truly hear from God.

The psalm talks about earthquakes, floods, war, and other chaos going on around the earth. This is what our world has become. There is chaos all around us. The reminder to be still and know God is most important in the midst of chaos. When my world is falling apart around me one of the hardest things for me to do is to be still, and yet this is the very thing that helps me to calm the chaos in my soul and mind.

Taking a moment is not always easy. It is not what I hear from others as being important. I hear that it is important to stay busy, to keep working, to find things to do. I have taken this message to heart. Even though the world around me has slowed down I find myself looking for distractions that will keep me busy. The reminder to be still and know God is more important than ever in the midst of the distraction I am creating for myself.

  • Take a walk
  • Take some time meditating on this Psalm
  • Take some time and meditate on your favorite scripture or poem

-please take a moment to think about one of these activities.-

Take some deep breaths.

  • Breath in: “Be”
  • Breath out: “Still”

God of the moment, thank you for being with me in the midst of the storm; for being with me through the earthquake. Help me to continue to be still in your presence. Help me to continue to get to know who you are. Amen.