By Klaus Döring
“Be still and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10. Take a minute and meditate on this verse right now. Be Still. This phrase is actually derived from the Hebrew word rapha which means “to be weak, to let go, to release.” Essentially, it means surrender.
Be still and know. In other words: Be still and stop your running to and fro. Slow down. Slow down long enough!
Yes, we are living in a noisy and hectic world. We also become noisy and hectic, many times. No time for rewinding and turning off the daily din and racket. We all become noisy people and troublemakers. Have you noticed it already?
So many times, our relationships with partners, friends, relatives, work mates and neighbors get cracked.
Be still and know. Slow down long enough to hear God’s voice too. There is indeed so much God if we only would slow down long enough to hear His voice. We are so overwhelmed with our earthly desires that all we think of it. Yes, God, I want You to do this for me, and I want it now!
What a fatal attraction! Learn to wait quietly on Him. When you begin to grasp something of our Lord’s true greatness, you will be truly amazed.
True surrender means risking embarrassment or grief or conflict or critique or pain or pride in order to do the very thing God has called us to do.
So, when life is swirling around you and you’re feeling overwhelmed, how can you “be still” and surrender in order to experience the glory of God?
Step 1: Identify the problem. What is it that is overwhelming you? WHY do you feel drawn to “be still”?
Step 2: Identify what you are most anxious about. What is at the root of your fear/overwhelm/grief?
Step 3: Identify what response to the problem makes your stomach churn… What response makes your body tighten with fear or worry? What response would leave you most vulnerable?
Step 4: Given your answers to step 3, consider that God often calls people to walk forward blindly, to step into uncomfortable, sometimes dangerous roles and to do the very thing they fear the most.