On any given day, there are a multitude of thoughts and worries buzzing in my head, all clamoring for my attention. When I focus on these concerns, I find myself exhausted and full of turmoil.
Psalm 46:1–3 says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore, we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.” In the middle of loud and attention-getting noises, activities, and concerns, the Lord says, “Be still and know that I am God” (verse 10).
There will always be things that demand our attention—activities, busywork, events, and troubles—and tempt us to pull away from focusing on the Lord. Yet He tells us to be still. How? Slow down. Listen carefully. Commune with God. Understand who He is. Spend time in worship. Rest assured in the knowledge that He is God, He has everything under control, and He is to be worshiped and exalted.
When I read this passage, I get the mental picture of the King sitting on His throne, listening, watching His people fret and worry. He slowly rises and speaks one word which silences everyone, “Enough!” All are silent, stop their activity, and listen to Him.
Sometimes God needs to say, “Enough!” to me. When I stop my persistent busyness and quiet my clamoring thoughts, I begin to hear the Lord. When I stop trying to control my own life, I open the way for God to be the Lord of my life and I am able to live in the moment, simplify my schedule, and appreciate life.
I encourage us all to reject raucous and clamoring voices and, instead, listen to the still small voice of God.
Breathe in; breathe out. The Lord Almighty is with you.