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Sitting Still Is Not Easy

Psalm 46:10

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God”

I’ve always had a hard time sitting still. Even though I love working on my computers – I’m thinking of getting one of those desk risers – so I can stand and move about while working. They say moving around is healthy – and suggest that desk workers get up every hour to move around for five minutes. I enjoy preaching from the podium instead of the pulpit from time top time so I can move around more. Not only am I able to move around – but it gets me closer to the people I am trying to reach with the Word of God.

I’ve always had a hard time sitting still. Typically – if I sit still for any length of time – I drift off to sleep. I traveled to Carnegie Hall in New York City once to listen to James Taylor in concert. My wife – daughter – son and I traveled toe New York City to site-see and to see JT. As I sat and listened to his mellow sound – I found myself drifting off. Granted – we were in the nose bleed section and it was dark and I often listen to his music to drift off to sleep at home – but I was in Carnegie Hall and it was JT live!

I’ve always had a hard time sitting still. It might be a bit of hyper tension or something like that – but I really don’t like to sit still for very long. One reason I haven’t retired yet is because I haven’t developed a plan for retirement. I will not retire without a plan – a plan to keep me busy and active. Playing golf every day will not cut it – as much fun as that might be.

Today’s passage speaks to us about being still and know that God is in control. Here it is in partial context. Psalm 46:7–11 – 7 The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. 8 Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. 10 He says, “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.

No matter what we face – and life gives us a lot to face at times – we can rest easy knowing that God is in control and has promised to be with us at all times. A favorite saying goes like this: Don’t tell God how big your problem is – tell your problem how big your God is.

I’ve always had a hard time sitting still. Yet more and more I am learning – as life unfolds before me – that I must trust God more and more. I need to realize that I am not in charge – that God is in charge. Instead of trying to solve all of my issues – I need to rely more on God to show me the way – and rely less on me.

Just something for us to think about today as we go on our way.

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August 7, 2018 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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