be still and know

by Pastor Mark Jordan

Be still, and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10a, NIV)

The last couple of days we have explored how God gives strength and power so you can live out your created call. Yes, there are times when you get tired and weary. Part of this is natural, because an encounter with God can leave you a special kind of tired…a holy tired! Remember, even Jesus needed time to get away both before and after doing something major for God. This is a model we need to incorporate in our lives. But we don’t always, don’t we? We live in a culture that values busyness. But this isn’t the way God designed you to live.

Does today’s verse strike you? “Be still, and know that I am God.” This refers to the regular need to pause and rest, but also to remember…remember that God is God and you are not. When you try living solely under your own devices, you will grow weary and tired. Shoot, even when you’re living and working under God’s power, you can grow tired and weary. This is natural. God made you this way. God wants you to take time daily, weekly, and regularly to get away with Him so you can restore your strength and renew your power, which is His power, moving as swiftly as the Holy Spirit Himself.

As we approach the weekend, take some time to be still and know that God is God and you are not. Rest. Recover. Rejuvenate. Let God give you the strength you need to move at the pace He wants to lead. And yes, that will take you at times to a point where you need to move to a quiet place where you can be still and know that He is God.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank you for the permission to slow down, stop, and be still to remember that you are God. Forgive me for the times I want to be god of my own life, wearing myself down to the bone. Help me to follow your lead, even to the still waters where I am forced to be still and remember that it is you who restores the soul. I ask this in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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