I love that verse. In fact, I love that whole passage. The whole Psalm is amazing. It is such an awesome reminder to me. This morning I woke up and did my daily routine.
- turned off the alarm
- got out of bed
- tried to quietly sneak down the creaky steps
- flipped on the keurig
- waited with arms crossed for the keurig to say, ‘ready to brew’
- fixed my cup of coffee
- headed to my office
Every day that is my routine. Yet this morning I heard God whispering to me saying, “Be still and know that I am God. I’m the one who holds this world together. I’m the one who woke you up this morning. I’m the one who is going to give you strength to make it through the day. I’m the one who is going to protect your family. I’m the one who is going to be the provider. You don’t need to do that.
YOU NEED TO BE STILL.”
I love how the NASB version translates this verse. They write,
Cease striving and know that I am God.
The stillness that God wants for us is so much more than just being quiet. Sometimes we need to just sit still and shut up–true. But other times what God is really saying is stop doing. Stop striving, and trying your hardest to make things happen. Stop working and worrying so much about something that you have absolutely no control over.
I love what the psalmist writes in Psalm 147,
Sing to the Lord with thanksgiving; Sing praises to our God on the lyre, Who covers the heavens with clouds, who provides rain for the earth, who makes grass to grow on the mountains. He gives to the beast its food, and to the young ravens which cry. He does not delight in the strength of the horse; He does not take pleasure in the legs of a man. The Lord favors those who fear Him, those who wait for His lovingkindness.
When was the last time that you made it rain? No, I don’t mean tossing dollar bills off a mall balcony, I mean literally rain falling mainly on the plain, type of rain. When was the last time that you heard the cry of the birds and took care of them? When was the last time that you controlled the whole atmosphere?
That’s what I thought. Me too.
What if the best thing for you to do is to just stop?
Today it is time for you to cease striving. It is time for you to stop trying to do it on your own. It is time for you to not only be quiet so you can hear from God, but stop the endless whir of energy of you trying to do it on your own. It is time for you to cast your cares and burdens at His feet, knowing that He cares for you and deeply loves you. God is a loving Father who hears your cries. If He hears the cries of ravens, you better believe He hears yours.
What is it? What is the one thing today that you need to set down and stop doing?