I was listening to the news this morning and the reporter was saying something about how the COVID-19 virus has forced us all to slow down.
Instantly, God brought to mind Psalm 46:10-11 – “He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.’ The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.”
When I read the chapter, the whole chapter spoke to me. It opens with “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.”
Isn’t that beautiful? The chapter opens by telling us about how great God is, calling Him our refuge, strength, and the reason we don’t have to be afraid, then ends with God reasserting His mighty power and inviting us to just be still.
Now we think of “still” as not moving, but the meaning of the word is so much deeper than that. Webster also defines it as being quiet, calm, and settled.
The reason we can be still? Because God is God. It sounds so simple, but it’s reason enough. No matter the troubles, no matter the outcome for any of us personally, we can believe that He has perfect and complete control.
Our lives tend to be so busy that we often push the things that really matter to the side – God, family, friends – but during this time where that busy-ness has been stripped away, God gives us this invitation to refocus.
Where’s your focus? How will you respond to God’s invitation?