by Pastor Mark Jordan
“[God] says, ‘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, NIV)
Christianity is a faith in action. Go. Love. Give. Serve. Worship. Pray. God asks us to use our lives down to the very way we live to point others to him. We are told to make our bodies a living sacrifice. To do all things as we would unto the Lord. All this lines up with faith in action. This works pretty well for most of us. We tend to like fast-paced living. We like to be on the move, because it is easier to gauge the productivity and see the results. That is important for encouragement and motivation, but that doesn’t mean God always wants us on the go. There are times when our faith in action requires us to stop moving…to be still…and to wait.
I love Psalm 46:10, because it explicitly points to acting for God by being still. We read this in light of Isaiah 40:31 and know that those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength. We read this in light of Psalm 23:1 and know that those who lie down restore their souls. We also read this in light of Matthew 11:28 and know that those who get away with Jesus find rest. If we are constantly on the go, then we get tired, weary, and lose some of the most precious parts of self. Sometimes the most spiritual thing you can do is go rest, so listen when God tells you to be active in stopping, resting, waiting, listening, all with the distinct purpose in knowing who is God.
God wants you to be still and know that he is God. He set this as a rhythm in creation by resting on the seventh day. He commanded this in the 10 Commandments by teaching to observe the Sabbath and keep it holy. He modeled this in Jesus who was wise enough to know that time away with God was more important than the demands others placed on him. Yes, even when it was inconvenient.
God wants you to put your faith in action and live a life on the go. But there are times when going means resting, waiting, and listening. Do you find yourself tired, weary, distracted, and anxious? It might be time to go and get still so you can remember who is God, and he can restore the rhythms of grace in your life. For it is in the times of stillness God often reveals where it is you are to go next; who it is you are to serve; where you are to give; who you are to love, worship, and pray. Let’s get going, whether it is time to move or be still, becase both are critical for healthy spiritual living.
Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for working within my human nature, and helping me go for you. I confess sometimes it is too easy to go, go, go, causing me to miss the essential rhythms of stopping. Forgive me, and help me to be still so I may learn from you and get your direction set in my life, so that when I go, I go for you. I ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.