The culture I live in is a frazzled one. It’s busy, busy, busy. A 40-hour work week is normal. When I’m on the clock, I’m on my feet running around. At Carlos O’Kelly’s (where I currently work), being still doesn’t exist. You people out there reading this that are in the restaurant business know what I mean. If you’re stagnant you’re going to get behind. If you’re not taking orders, delivering, helping someone, or cleaning then you’re probably going home. This is my weekday and most of my weekends. There’s always something to get done at home too. Projects are endless. And It’s not like we can just stop working for a week. Bills won’t stop coming. So we work. This is the life of most Americans, as we all know.
My wife and I memorize Scripture together. A while ago we memorized Psalm 46:10, which states, “Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” This passage includes a verb that’s been a fundamental discipline for me as of late. Be still.
As I’ve sat in solitude, there’s been something happening. Getting away and detoxing from the world has had an effect. Jesus frequently got away from other people and spent alone time with the Father. Being intimate with God does involve publicity, but also privacy. From what I see, many people profess to be a Christian but hardly spend time alone with God. We all want to sing hymns for all eternity, but it’s a challenge to pray alone for 30 minutes. As long as we are seen by others as a believer, the itch is scratched. Private, alone time with God is almost seen as something for the super spiritual Christians. But this is not evidence of a genuine relationship.
But why do this? There’s so much to get done. I have bills to pay. Some have kids that need stuff that costs money. I don’t have time to be still. Once I get it all together maybe I will. Once I am on vacation I will. But If you ask me, this discipline of being still and knowing that he is God should be almost a daily thing. You can tell a lot about a person based on their view of God’s sovereignty. And this “being still” discipline involves that view. Do you not think God loves your children more than you do? He does. He will provide for those he loves. Just chill and believe that God will provide for your every need. Go; do diligent work, but remember that it is God who provides for you to provide for your family. He knows what you need before you even ask (Matt. 6:8). This discipline is really to remind you that he is God and you are not.
This has helped me. My mind can easily get overwhelmed with all there is to get done. And I know most of you have more responsibilities than me. If you would like to hear of something that will help ease your mind, I encourage you, from the Word of God, get alone and be still before God. Meditate on his goodness and providence. Take time to frequently detox from other people, work, and the world. Be filled with the Spirit of God. When it seems like there is so much to get done, it may be that you need to rest in him to get you through. After all, we cannot live this life from our own strength. It’s easier said than done, as most would add. For your own good, get alone for a minute, be still, and know that he is God.