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“Be still and know that I am God” -Psalm 46:10

Perhaps it is the turmoil that besets our world today; the uncertainty of state board test results and job prospects that weigh upon the college student; the economy; the state of our families; our health or our financial state, that has bred a fog of anxiety and anxiousness within ourselves, those we love and within the greater world. The following devotion speaks to the importance of that peaceful, still voice that longs to be heard over all that serves to burden us.

Inner stillness is an absolute necessity to truly knowing God. I remember learning this during a time of great crisis in my life. My entire being seemed to throb with anxiety,, and the sense of need for immediate and powerful action was overwhelming, Yet the circumstances were such that I could do nothing, and the person who could have helped would not move,

For a time it seemed as if I would fall to pieces due to my inner turmoil. Then suddenly “a still small voice” whispered in the depths of my soul, “Be still, and know that I am God.” The words were spoken with power and stillness, and forced my troubled spirit into quietness, Only then, while looking up and waiting, did I know that it was God who had spoken. He was in the midst of my crisis and my helplessness, and I rested in Him.

This was an experience I would not have missed for anything. I would also say it was from the stillness that the power seemed to arise to deal with the crisis, and that very quickly brought it to a successful resolution. It was during this crisis I effectively learned that my “strength is to sit still.” -Hannah Whitall Smith

How true it is that there is a perfect passivity that is not laziness. It is a living stillness born of trust. Quiet tension is not trust but simply compressed anxiety. May we stay tuned in to that “still, small voice.”

In Christ, Pastor Cheryl Schalm, Minister of Christian Education