01The order of God to “Be still” appears in the scriptures no less than nine times from Genesis to Revelations. It is not a gentle suggestion. It is an outright command! I feel that, especially in the run up to Christmas, we sometimes need to simply stop, look, and listen for the blessings of the Lord. But this can be very difficult!
The most familiar use of this phrase may be Psalm 46:10, which says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Yet, the Bible also says, “The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Ex. 14:14) “Be still, for this is a holy day.” (Neh 8:11) and “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him; do not fret when people succeed in their wicked ways. (Psalm 37:7) Jesus commands the restless waves by saying, “Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.” (Mark 4:39) All of this tells me that when we need to think, feel, and simply BE in the midst of the “noise” of our lives, we can ask God to help us to enter the quiet, listen for God, and “Be Still!”
Be still is our Advent theme for 2016, and we are working quietly to make openings for God quiet the noise of the season. “Be Still.”