Then the mind begins to spin, and the emotions kick in. If other people are involved, interactions unfold—good or bad.
I want to talk about that split second of stillness today. That utter void of sound, activity, and thought amid the bookends of chaos.
God’s Word Describes It
One of my favorite verses is Psalm 46:10, “Be still and know that I am God,” but I’ve seldom read the verses before or after it. On the day I’m writing this, the Lord whispered that particular phrase into my troubled soul. Quite frankly, I’ve experienced one blow after another. A little bit of chaos in my corner of the world. I’m down. Beaten. So I opened my Bible to read the context of Psa. 46:10 and found a treasure-trove of encouragement…
“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.
Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 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.” (emphasis added) Psalm 46:7-11
Did you notice the desolations, wars, etc. that occur before the call to be still and know God is God? It’s like the car accident or tornado. Chaos precedes that moment of profound stillness, when we recognize God’s majesty.
Safe Within the Bookends
Did you notice verses 7 and 11 that serve as “bookends” for the chaos? They’re exactly the same:
“The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” (emphasis added) Psalm 46:7,11
The assurance that the Almighty God is WITH US before the chaos must carry us through til we reach the stillness. And believing the Almighty God is WITH US after the stillness must carry us through the silence that sometimes ensues after the chaos.
That’s it. That’s all I’ve got this week. No witty stories. No cute sayings. I’m just trying to move that lesson from my head to my heart. I’m trying to live by these truths:
- He is with me.
- Let the chaos rage.
- I will be still and know that He is God.
- Today’s topic is stillness: the utter void of sound, activity, and thought.
- Chaos often precedes profound stillness. Only then do we recognize God’s majesty.
- He is with us. Let the chaos rage. Be still and know that He is God.
- How do you “get still” before the Lord?