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HE SAYS, “BE STILL AND KNOW THAT I AM GOD” PSALM 46:10 (NIV): A Devotional by Lorilyn Roberts

Last updated on January 16, 2023

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gates to heavenAs I was prepped for my third round of proton therapy, I reached to grab the overhead bars. Once I was positioned, the technician said, “Don’t move.” He closed the treatment room door, and I waited for the cancer-killing machine to sound.

The equipment started and stopped over and over. My arms became spastic and tired. When the machine finally finished, I broke into tears. I hadn’t moved for two hours. Later, my daughter dropped off some cards from friends to encourage me. Among the cards was a Bible verse: “Be still and know that I am God.”

While I never had to stay immobile for that long again, the discipline of being still showed me how difficult it can be in times of stress and uncertainty.

However, God won’t need to shout to get our attention if we are still. We’ll hear his counsel even if he whispers to us in prayer or boldly speaks to us through others. When we have moments of quietness, we’re less likely to become overly distracted by the busyness of life. Being still and waiting on God will also help to prevent us from making costly mistakes.

Because the tyranny of the urgent will consume us if we let it, we need to allow times of rest and relaxation. Many things can lead us astray or encroach on our lives. Quiet moments allow us to recharge, which helps keep us healthy, less stressed, and more content. 

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, help us be still when we need to be still, possess a spirit of service when we need to serve, and the wisdom to know the difference.

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