Be Still

“Be still and know that I am God” -Psalm 46:10

It’s possible we’re living in the most distracted time in human history. Who has the time to be still? And yet, stillness, the Word of God tells us, is our #1 need.

“This is what the Sovereign LORD, the Holy One of Israel, says: “In repentance and rest is your salvation, in quietness and trust is your strength, but you would have none of it.” -Isaiah 30:15

We’d rather look at our iPad and spend time with our glowing screen than look up to the heavens at the starry expanse and take a walk with God! The vastness of the universe is crying out telling of the glory of God, but most of us never take the time to notice. There’s nothing like the expanse of a starry night sky to bring the wonder and awe of the One who created it all to our hearts, but in our modern age we’re oblivious to that which is quiet, we run from stillness.

Would David had ascended to the throne had he not spent time with God in the desert looking up at the night sky? Would Abraham have received the vision of descendents as numerous as the stars in the sky had he owned a TV set? Oh, there have always been distractions but great men understand what it means to be still before God. Moses was an action man thinking he would fulfill God’s call by might until God had him out in the desert for 40 years. Elijah needed to learn that God was not in the whirlwind, but rather, in the whisper.

Some of the best times of my life were spent walking under starry skies as a young man who had just moved to Florida. I was alone, with very little money, but as rich as any man could be! I looked up! I saw the glory of God in the night sky and it comforted me. The One who had made all of this was my all in all and He was for me! Oh,  how the glory of God shines forth through His creation! This song was not written glibly sitting down with a guitar- I lived it and breathed it night after night!

Look up, be still, and know that He is God!