Thursday, March 24, 2011

Be Still and Know the Lord is God

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  The LORD of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.  -Psalm 46:10, 11 (KJV)

I have to remind myself often we are not the first generation to suffer from information overload.  However, we are the first generation to have access to such vast amounts of information coming at us so quickly.  People have always struggled with the process of sorting out our thoughts and trying not to worry.  Our minds are constantly working, processing, and gathering information, which can be a distraction from the happiness we all desire.  No doubt you know the feeling of all those unresolved thoughts racing through your mind.  We all have memories we would like to forget, yet they remain in our minds and will frequently come unbidden into our thoughts.  The result is we relive the painful memory all over again.  Add to this the constant inflow of thoughts, feelings, and images from around the world and we easily begin to feel weighed down.

Consider the case of a woman named Jill who I read about in a recent article.  She is plagued with memories so detailed she can recall everything which has happened to her, down to the last detail, for the last 30 years.  Her condition is so rare doctors had to invent a name for her condition, which they termed hyperthymestic syndrome from the Greek thymesis, for remembering, and hyper, meaning well above normal.  Jill states "Some memories are good and give me a warm, safe feeling.  But I also recall every bad decision, insult and excruciating embarrassment. Over the years it has eaten me up. It has kind of paralyzed me."1

While Jill’s condition is rare, we can all probably relate to her, for most of us are bothered by past memories.  The Word of God invites us to be still and know God is there.  “Be still, and know that I am God.”  Cease from worrying, fretting, and casting troubled thoughts about in our minds.  No amount of worry ever solved any problem.  Instead, the problem only grew worse as a result of our worry.  The Lord knows, cares, and is willing to provide comfort in times of trouble.

What is worrying and troubling you today?  Is your mind anxious with heartache, fear, loneliness, or worry about the future?  Look to the Lord and claim His peace.  God is still on His throne, and He has heard our cries.  Jesus Christ has come to bring life and peace in the midst of life’s storms.  Be still, calm, and of good cheer.  The Lord cares for you.


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