Bible Ballistics: BBs #230    Stop And Take A Breath!!!

As we’ve been talking about the hustle and bustle of life, especially during this season of the year, I’d like to take just a few minutes to remind each of us to slow down and take account of ourselves and our priorities. Let’s consider a few verses and a story.

Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

God calls us to “stop, look and listen”, in our vernacular! Our God is God Almighty—always has been, still is, and always will be—regardless of how much people try to ignore Him. But we who know Him often get just as caught up in the demands of life as the world does, and we shouldn’t, because we have His Holy Spirit dwelling within us. This verse from Psalm 46 reminds us to take time (you’ll never “find” time) to be with God and in His Word.

About 18 months ago my husband was scheduled to have a routine procedure to put in a pacemaker to help regulate his heart. We had been told it would take about 45 minutes for the surgery, but as I sat and waited for him, the time became alarming. After asking what was going on, I was told there were some problems and they were still working on him. Finally after 4 long hours, the doctor came out and told me that his heart had stopped on them and it took quite a bit of doing to get him “jumped” and finish with the pacemaker, but that he was now doing well.

When my husband, Zane, finally got into a room and we could talk, he related his experience. If you didn’t know, they don’t put “out” for this procedure, but simply give you the “happy” meds so you don’t feel anything, but are awake and conscious. Zane recounts that he was on the table and his arm was dangling, so he asked if they could correct that and they wrapped him up in the sheet. Realizing that things were going awry, he felt the Lord speak to his heart, “Psalm 46:10” and with that encouragement from God he just relaxed and knew that he wasn’t going to die. When he got to the room he looked up Psalm 46:10, and what did it say? “Be still, and know that I am God”!!! And if you know my husband, the joker, his response was that “I had to be still—they had me wrapped up like a mummy”! But all joking aside, he gave all glory and thanks to God for comforting his heart—physically and spiritually and reminding him that God still has work for him to do!

So, as you go about your day and the activities of the season, remember to “stop, look and listen” to the God who loves and cares for you. As Psalm 46:10 tells us, “Be still, and know that I am God”, and the Psalm also tells us the reason that we can ‘be still’:

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear,

though the earth be removed,

and though the mountains

be carried into the midst of the sea;

Though the waters thereof roar

and be troubled,

though the mountains shake

with the swelling thereof. Seals.”    Psalm 46:1-3

Remember, you can “Be still, and know that I am God”, because:

God is our refuge and strength,

a very present help in trouble.

Therefore will not we fear,

He cares for YOU!!! Be Still—Know God Is God—rest in Him!