LGD 002: Be Still

Boat with two people resting on a still lake

Our lives are hectic and unsettled, especially now. The unsettling feeling in our bodies weighs on us. It often manifests itself in stress.

Boat with two people resting on a still lake
Photo by Dave Anthold (2011) – Czech Republic

There are two types of stress: distress and eustress. Distress is what we feel when we feel unsettled or out of control. Eustress is the good stress when we exercise our bodies or minds – we don’t often get enough of it.

The psalmist feels unsettled, and pens these words from Psalms 46:10:

“He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Psalms 46:10

I’m sure David knew what it meant to live in turbulent times. He was being hunted by King Saul. David, who would later become king, is believed to have penned many of the Psalms along with his son Solomon.

However, this psalm may have been written by one of the Babylonian exiles. Regardless of who wrote it, we can take comfort in the first verse of this psalm:

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.”

Psalms 46:1

Just as the psalmist declares – God is our refuge and strength. Even though our strength may fail, and our stress levels reach new highs, we have the assurance of our source of strength.

This psalm has encouragement all the way through it. The gem of this psalm lies in Psalms 46:10 – “be still and know that I am God.”

It’s hard to sit inside when all we want to do is get out and move. It’s hard to sit still and listen. What we need to do is just that … listen for that sweet voice that whispers I’ve got this.

Nothing surprised God about this virus. His will is being fulfilled even in the midst of this crisis. Take some time today, to sit and be still with God.

We all need it, but we rarely take the time to stop and slow down – myself included.

Prayer: Lord, thank you for being my refuge and my strength. Thank you for being in control, and for showing up when we need you most. Help me to find time today to be still and to hear your sweet voice whisper in my heart. Please take away my stress and my anxiety, and replace it with contentment, calm, and peace. Thank you for being my refuge, and my strength. Amen


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I am the host of an ABF Lifegroup - a collection of folks doing community and life together. We are a ministry of Agoura Bible Fellowship. When I am not leading this group, I love to travel, take photographs, share stories, and design workspaces that matter.

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