“Peace, be still.” One of Christ’s most powerful commands. He stilled the stormy sea with these three words. With one phrase, He silenced the fears of his disciples. His words were enough to calm a storm, and yet we fail to recognize their power in today’s 60 mile-per-hour lifestyle. We run here, we run there. All the while we’re running. We never stop to be still. Not idle. Not lazy. Just still. Perhaps the problem is we don’t know how. So, let’s take it back. Way back.
In Psalm 46:10, the Lord tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God.” In truth, it is only when we are still – when we take the time to truly look – that we see, not with our physical eyes, but with our spiritual eyes the beauty, majesty, and omnipotence of our Lord and Savior. Only when we purposefully take time away from our bustling, noisy lives and surrender it to Him do we learn to recognize and appreciate more fully the awesomeness of our God.
Now, if you are like me, you are daily beset by stresses of varying degrees of intensity. You have an important paper due. You have an important appointment to attend. You have ridiculous deadlines to meet. You have a sick family member, friend, or perhaps you are sick yourself. Someone’s at the door, the dog is barking, one kid is sick, and the other is screaming…sound familiar? How can you possibly be still in that moment? You MUST take care of everything holus-bolus because, let’s face it, who else will? He will. He has. He does. Exodus 14:14 reminds us, “The Lord will fight for you while you keep still.” So, next time you get the urge to say, “I have to do devotion, BUT I need to do this, that, and the other thing first,” instead teach yourself to say, “I have to do this, that, and the other thing, BUT first God.” Or when you feel like saying, “I can’t do this. I can’t handle it. It’s too much. Period.” say instead, “I can’t handle this, but He can. I can’t do this, but I can do it through His strength. It’s too much for me, but His yoke is easy and His burden is light. My hands aren’t big enough, but His shoulders are.”
William Penn once wisely stated, “In the rush and noise of life, as you have intervals, step home within yourselves and be still. Wait upon God, and feel His good presence; this will carry you evenly through your day’s business.” And so it will, because He will. Because He is the Prince of Peace. So, find that sanctuary in your heart, where it’s just you and Him. Where nothing else really matters. Where you only hear His voice. Then you will be able to truly be still and in complete awe of Him. In our Savior’s words, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”