“Be still and know I am The Lord. I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10
Commonly taught as the imperative to “sit down and shut up” so we may listen to what The Lord has to say, the principle is consistent with St. Paul’s understanding of the perfection of Divine Strength in mortal weakness; “My grace is sufficient for you, for My power is perfected in weakness” (2 Corinthians 12:9).
We don’t often think of being “still” as being “weak”, but maybe this is because we do not understand what weakness means – especially when we choose that imperfect state for the perfection of Divine presence in our prayers. It is not necessarily that The Lord is most merciful and revealed to those who are weak; rather it may better be understood in terms of complete submission – a willingness to put aside self in favor of something greater even if only for a moment.
We are a little too busy and too “in charge” of our lives for our own good. We confuse Divine Will with personal desire because we already know what we want – and we like to pretend The Lord always agrees with us. I am convinced this is only because we do not fully give The Lord the time He requires of us in order to make Himself and His will known. We must first not only “be still” but we must also choose to “be still”. It is the principle of complete Sabbath, and it is no less so in the midst of our haste. And really, when we are in such a hurry, such a state of impatience, are we not just seeking an earlier grave?
Slow down today. Make time to acknowledge the reality of The Lord, and learn to set aside time strictly for The Lord. Private time. Unencumbered time. It is what we probably need above all things, for surely from such an intimate moment do all good things come.