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Calm for the Soul

“Just be still and don’t you dare move!” Those were words I did not want to hear as a child because they were usually indicating deserved punishment on my part. I have never been one to be particularly comfortable with being still. My parents would often say that I “had gasoline in my blood” because I seemed to be in constant motion of some kind; that trait has seemed to carry over into my adult life.

I get uneasy when everything is quiet and still, yet I am constantly reminded in the midst of my “busyness” that God has said to us, “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, NIV). God did not say this in order to correct us but in order that we might find the right balance in life.

I recall an evangelist from some years ago preaching a message entitled, “There Is a God and You Aren’t Him!” If we have taken any opportunity at all to examine our own hearts we realize that playing God is a reality in most of our lives. We like to “call the shots” when it comes to decisions and directions concerning our lives. As we do, we soon find that we are unqualified and woefully inadequate to do so. By choosing to be our own CEO we make a mess of life and then have to face the consequences brought on by that mess.

In the midst of our failures and messes, God calls us to be calm by admonishing us to “Be still.” I believe that in so doing He is asking us to lose control of our lives and give it over to Him. As we release our control, we find that He has a much better plan for our lives than the one we have devised.

The next time that inner voice of the Spirit of God gently says, “Be still,” we should realize that God is reminding us that His plan is best and giving us the opportunity to make a correction in life that will ultimately lead to living the abundant life promised us by God.

Johnny Mansell is a retired pastor with over 38 years of pastoral experience.

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