Being Still
Delivered By
From Pastor David
Delivered On
October 29, 2017
Central Passage
Psalm 46:10
Being Still

 Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth! Psalm 46:10

"Be still!" is a phrase parents often use with their children.  We all know that children have an abundance of energy that seems to have no limits at times, regardless of where they may be.  So, there are times when a parent says, "be still!"  It usually comes when energy levels reach a fevered pitch or when the environment is not conducive to an overabundance of activity, such as riding in a car or sitting in church.  However, getting a child to be still from just speaking the words is most often a futile attempt at best; sometimes, more serious action is required.  

As children of God, we are not so different.  We tend to lead overactive lives filled with busyness and activities that seem to have few boundaries. The difference is that, as adults, we have no one audibly telling us to "be still" and slow down.  We think the busier we are, the better it is for us and for those around us. Most of us seem to feel better when we are busy, active or over stimulated.  Our society not only endorses this behavior, but also for the most part, creates the standards for it. Think about it.  How many of us would like to be known as weak, feeble, or slack?  Those words would probably insult us, and we might even respond negatively if someone said them to us!  The Psalmist specifically says that we are to "Be still."  God is the One who tells us not to put anything in our lives above or before Him, even our energy levels and activities. 

  Just as with a child, sometimes God has to gets our attention using unusual or drastic actions.  Not long ago I heard the Lord telling me to slow down, again.  It took a physical change in my life to get me to heed His voice, so I could better listen and obey.  It is amazing how God gets our attention, and the tools He uses!  For me He’s used tractors and implements, camping, helicopters, a garage door opener, children and adults to name a few and for the second time in my life, He used a doctor.  Previously in 2005, I was diagnosed with an aggressive type of prostate cancer and had my prostate removed. Recently I went to the urologist, only to find that my PSA is rising.  From that visit, I was sent to a radiologist, who has initially prescribed, at a minimum, six months of therapy beginning this month and eight weeks of radiation treatments in the near future.  According to the results from my full body and PET Axumin scans my doctors may make modifications to this plan when we meet on October 9th.  I am not sure what the side effects will be for me, but the doctor said one would be tiredness.  I wonder if I would be safe to assume that God might be telling me, “Be still” so that my body can rest and heal? As my family and I approach this time of “being still,” I ask that you keep us in your prayers.  When something like this happens to any of us, we might tend to ask the “why” question.   I did, and the answer I received was a reminder of the passage where Jesus heals the man born blind.  Jesus clearly stated, “…he was born blind so that God’s works might be revealed in him.”  Well, it is not blindness in my case, nor does it really matter about any of the causes.  As I have prayed with many of you about giving God thanks for all He has done and is doing…I also give Him all the glory for how He is working in my life.  Our passage reminds us that God will be exalted.  This is our reminder that we truly need to give Him all the glory for what He is yet to do. 

  I truly believe that the only thing God wants from any of us is more of us. He wants to be with us, and He wants our undivided attention when we are with Him.  It is a command to "be still" before our God.  Therefore, friends, let us take time today to stop and be still before the Lord.  Pray that you can "know" that He is your Lord and Savior, and that you can be with Him in stillness and peace. 

Counting it all joy…                    

Pastor David.