B is for…Be Still
by Shelly Burke, Editor
“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10
From the time I get up in the morning until the time I go to bed at night, I’m moving. Maybe not very fast or very far, but I try to be productive. I’d imagine you do the same!
But God tells us in this passage that to know Him, we must “be still.”
Unless we concentrate on Him, we cannot know Him.
God wants us to stop our multitasking, stop our scurrying and errands, stop checking FaceBook and texting, stop working on our long to-do list and…be still.
When we’re mentally making our to-do list during Bible study time…when we’re planning supper during prayer time…when we’re anticipating the “big game” that afternoon, during church, we’re not being still, and not concentrating on Him.
I think most of us are all about multi-tasking, but research is finding that when a person multi-tasks, he or she is actually less efficient at both tasks, than when concentrating on the tasks individually.
It seems that God really knew—thousands of years ago, when this Psalm was recorded-- what He was talking about when he said, “Be still.”
How can you “be still” during your time with God when you’re used to non-stop activity from the time you get up to the time you go to bed at night?
*First of all, make time with Him a priority. Designate a time when you’re less likely to be interrupted; early in the morning, right after the kids leave for school, or late at night, just before you go to sleep.
*When it’s your personal Bible study or prayer time, read this verse to focus your thoughts: “May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
*Get rid of distractions—turn off the TV, your cell phone, and anything else that will tempt your thoughts away from the Lord.
*Practice focusing your mind and shutting out distractions. When you notice your mind wandering, consciously bring your focus back to what you’re reading, or prayer.
*If random thoughts of groceries you need, that bill that hasn’t been paid, or that phone call you need to make tend to interrupt your concentration, keep a pad of paper or sticky notes near where you’re studying. That way you can jot it down and push it out of your mind, knowing you don’t have to try to remember it.
The devil does not want us to strengthen our spiritual life, and he will do whatever he can to distract you. But with practice, you’ll become better at being still and knowing God. Don’t give up—the time you spend getting to know Him will pay off in a closer relationship with Him.
Dear Lord, please help me today to concentrate on my relationship with You. Help me to be still, that I can know You. Amen.