Psalm 46: "Be Still and know that I am God".
This phrase has been on my mind a lot lately.
Our world is fast-paced and real time technology has moved us forward at a pace that sometimes is not manageable. We don't practice patience or being still. We need to train ourselves to be still and it may be uncomfortable. When we become still we can feel, see and breathe differently. Try just being still in God. Just 5 minutes. It is truly amazing how hard it is to "be still" 5 minutes.
We recently attended a funeral of a very dear friend. He was only 50 and died from ALS. He had written his entire funeral. He asked the Pastor to start the service by asking everyone to "be still" for 5 minutes. It was the longest 5 minutes we had EVER experienced. His point in the sermon was to acknowledge our fast-paced world and to understand it's effect on each of us.
I want to share my son in laws thoughts: Hearing this phrase and acting upon it are two different things. This is not something that we are very good at. It's instinctual for people, yet not always entirely effective, to go, go, go and do, do, do when in fact, we need to simply BE. Be with God in the places that he promises to be. His Work. His Supper. Among his people.
There are certainly times when action is required. However, action without prayerful consideration can often have dreadful results.
How are you doing with Being Still?
Look at this visual. It is great at breaking down the verse to bring it home for us!
- Listen to God in His Word,
- Be Sure of His Promises, God is in control.
These are the things that really stick out in the graphic.
When you come to worship at Christ our Savior it is a tremendous opportunity to "be still" in Christ's presence. Absorb his goodness and grace. We are in the race of life, often we don't even know if the prize is worth the race, yet we race. Let's try this Sunday to attend worship and 'Be still". The blessing we receive may be the greatest prize that we were not expecting or even imagined to be possible.
In closing, this verse seems relevant. "I lift up my eyes to the hills - where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth." Psalm 121:1-2 Ask for God's help to "Be Still".
Your COS worship board members are Debbie Keltner and Janie Ott, please contact us if you wish to serve and help other "be still" in Christ. Blessings to all!