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Be Still

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Be Still

“Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” (Psalm 46:10)

Most people have a tendency, almost a need to be doing something to be active or engaged in some activity, very few understand this verse I fear. Patient with no plans beyond the present and no distractions is one way to look at it.

Of course, the majority of what people do is useless, not eternal but temporal only in nature, “make work” is one way of expressing it, doing something just for the sake of doing it, to keep busy. I believe that most of these people do not care to spend much time looking within themselves, so to speak, what they see they may not like, and so it is best to keep the mind active on those temporal items, those things as mentioned that have no eternal significance, but at least give them something to do.

Anything with a screen on it is now the most desired choice of these individuals, whether it be their phone, television, computer monitor, as long as the eyes are fixed on that screen, the mind is not being still and seeking God through contemplation of Him. Keeping busy is the way of Satan, keeping people occupied is how he attempts to keep their minds off the eternal, off the Lord. And of course, as he has with nearly everything he does on this planet of lies, he has created a saying for those that would battle against this “busy work.”

“Those that are heavenly minded are of no earthly good.” But of course, for those who seek the face of God the inverse of that statement is true, “Only those who are heavenly minded are of any earthly good.”

To quote an old song line, “You are young, and there is time to kill today.”

“And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.” (Rev. 20:12) This book is the account of your life, not only the deeds and actions you performed, but the intent of your heart in performing them, your thoughts are here also, every moment of everyday is recorded, but I do not believe, though I cannot prove it from the Scriptures, that every moment and thought will be reviewed, only those that were beneficial or detrimental, as it were, to the kingdom of God, that glorified His Holy name in one form or another.

I fear it is not going to take much time at all for some people, there is not much written in their book.

To be still I believe does not mean being busy at a task and at the same time contemplating Christ, but to be still, not moving much, not employed in anything more than perhaps viewing the current surroundings you find yourself in. The closest approximation I can offer at this time would be on a beach with nothing but the endless horizon of the ocean before you, or perhaps on a mountaintop with the vistas set before you. Just sitting and being still.

“And after the earthquake a fire; but the LORD was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.” (1 Kings 19:12) I fear that most who call Jesus Christ Lord attempt to seek Him in the business of their daily life, while performing some so-called necessary deed, while resting and staring at that television or computer screen when the day is done.

I ask you this, when was the last time you can recall that you were in a rush to complete whatever worldly task that has been set before you so you could get back to the Word of God, so you could fulfill Matthew 6:6 and get to your closet, so you could just find a quiet place to be still, and know that He is God? Places to go, people to see, things to do, life is short, the end of it is approaching, I must complete this task.

There is another old saying, a line from a poem if I remember correctly, though I cannot recall its name. “Everything I do I rush through, so I can start something new.” Those in hell have all of eternity to think on God, those who will live in the glory of the presence of the Lamb, at least many of them, will wonder why they did not do so here more often.

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