In our culture busyness is a badge of honor. We think being busy is what we ought to do. Being busy is considered a big thing nowadays. But the Bible teaches us differently, as Bible does not align with our culture. It teaches us that we need to be “Be Still” which means removing everything and making time for God and coming to him with awe and reverence.
He says, “Be still, and know that I am God… (Psalm 46:10 NIV)
Also in the Passion translation, this verse is translated so beautifully. It says,
Surrender your anxiety! Be silent and stop your striving and you will see that I am God… (Psalm 46:10 TPT). The Septuagint (Greek Old Testament translation) reads “relax.”
Being “Be Still”
This is the first step in growing into spirituality. Spirituality involves setting time aside for God in order to meditate, to pray, and reflect on his word.
And we have a prime example of Jesus making alone time for God. After the crowds dispersed, Jesus went up into the hills to pray. And as night fell he was there praying alone. (Matthew 14:23)
Jesus knew how important it is to set time aside for God. And this is for everyone if you work in an office or if you are in a ministry because before this verse we can read that in his earthly ministry, Jesus fed the five thousand and after that, he went for an alone time with God.
Now I’m not saying that one should not work because God told us to work (ref. Genesis 2:15). I’m saying is from all our busy schedules we should make time for God because we are made to worship Him and to know Him.
Surrounded by the personal quietness and peace of God, we were better able to face the challenges and opportunities awaiting us. If we give time to God he will prepare us for upcoming battles and we will not get caught off guard.
In the busyness and noisiness of contemporary society, finding the time to give our undivided attention to God is crucial, for it is in those moments that we are reminded again of what is ultimately important in life.
Being “Be Still” also shows if we trust in the promises of God or not.
This is what the Sovereign Lord, the Holy One of Israel, says: “Only in returning to me and resting in me will you be saved. In quietness and confidence is your strength… (Isaiah 30:15)
1) Trusting God’s promise means returning. If there is conspicuous disobedience in our lives, we must return to the LORD’s ways.
2) Trusting God’s promise means rest. When we trust God, we don’t have to strive for ourselves. We don’t have to run all about trying to protect or guard ourselves.
3) Trusting God’s promise means quietness. You don’t need to argue for your side when God is on your side.
4) Trusting God’s promise means confidence. You aren’t given to despair or fear because you trust God’s promise. You know He can and will come through, and you have a profound confidence in the God who loves you.
All of these things together mean a real trust in God’s promise, and it means that we shall be saved, and it means that we will find strength. There is no person walking this earth more powerful than a child of God boldly and properly trusting the promise of the living God.
To grow spiritually is to live more and more out of that awareness of God in the center of our lives. True spirituality will come with such qualities as compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience flow out of us.
The more we give time to God, the more we’ll love him. And the more we love him, the more we will love people around us.
But first, we need to be “Be Still.” We need to put aside all the distractions and come to God. Because in heaven how much money you have earned here won’t matter but how was your relationship with God will matter. How much you were busy with God and for God will matter. Seek first the kingdom and all will be added.