Be Still & Give it to God
May 4, 2020 by Jessica Reidsma
Psalm 46:10 – “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
I remember memorizing Psalm 46:10 in elementary school. I’ve always found comfort in this verse. Be still. Be quiet. Be with God. Sounds amazing!
However, I don’t always do a great job of being still, which leaves me vulnerable to the enemy’s attacks. Life is busy! It’s easy to get distracted, lose focus, and forget to spend time sitting with God. In those busy moments, I begin to feel anxious and fearful. I begin to worry, doubt, and seek control. Anyone else?
With the stay-at-home order in place, I have found myself with more quiet time than usual. With this time, I am choosing to be still. But, what does it mean to be still?
While reading Psalm 46, I couldn’t help but wonder if being still is more than just having quiet time with God. Perhaps being still is to stop fighting, surrender to God, and give up control. Instead of working things out on my own, I believe the author is suggesting I go to God and ask for help. After all, Psalm 46:1 one says, “God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Perhaps I need to seek quiet time, but also surrender whatever I’m fighting. Be still and give it to God.
When the enemy attacks, you are not fighting your battle alone. Psalm 46:7 says, “The LORD Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.” Lean on God and his word for strength.
Are you living in fear? Be still and give it to God. He promises to be with you (Deuteronomy 31:6).
Are you living with doubt? Be still and give it to God. He is unchanging (Hebrews 13:8).
Are you living with a need for control? Be still and give it to God. He has a plan for you (Jeremiah 29:11).
What are you holding on to today? What are you fighting? Be still and give it to God. He wants to fight this battle with you. He wants to be your refuge and strength.
You are loving, unchanging, and sovereign. God, you are good! Thank you for speaking truth into our lives and our souls. Be with us when we fear, doubt, worry, and seek control. When the enemy attacks, help us to rely upon your word, be still, and know that you are God. Thank you for being our refuge and strength. We love you!