10”Be still, and know that I am God;  I will be exalted among the nations,  I will be exalted in the earth.” 11 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress.

Psalm 46: 10-11

Are we ever still?  Do we ever stop what we are doing or do we live life at breakneck speed trying to get everything done that we think needs to be done?  How much of what we do must be done right now?  Maybe sometimes we compare ourselves with others and if we are not as busy as them we don’t feel a sense of self-worth.  Therefore we create things to do to fill up our lives and in so doing we have no time to be still.

Over these last few weeks have you had more time to yourself?  Have you felt bored, not knowing how to fill the day?  Have you tried to be still before God.

Psalm 46 verse 10 suggests that it is in stillness that we can come to know that God is God, ‘Be still and know that I am God’.   It seems that it is only when we rest from our work that we can understand who God is – that He is God.  God is working on our behalf.  Our frantic activity, on the other hand, gives us and others the impression that we are in control of our lives, that we are the god of our circumstances.

Reflection During the lockdown maybe we can take time to be still before God.  And perhaps during the stillness we can take to heart the words of Deuteronomy ch 4 v 39 ‘Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and the earth below.  There is no other’.