Be Still

The universe is filled with incredible activity. Everything’s in motion, everything is moving all the time, and all in testimony to the greatness of God. Just in our little solar system, the planet on which we live is orbiting the sun at about 67,000 MPH. At that speed you could go from NY to LA in about 3 minutes. At the same time, the earth is also spinning around on its own axis at about 1,000 MPH—at the equator, and a bit slower as you go north or south.

But, besides orbiting and spinning, our planet is filled with non-stop human activity. Planes, trains, and automobiles keep us moving constantly, and for most of us it always seems that we have someplace to go and we’d better hurry so we’re not late.

Much of our hurrying and scurrying about is just normal to life and, for the most part, it’s good to be active and productive. But in all of our hustling and bustling we should also take note of Psalm 46:10, where God says: “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” God commands us to “be still” because he wants us to know, and take time to reflect upon the fact that he is God, the creator of the universe and the author and sustainer of our lives.

Above all else he wants us to know him and have fellowship with him. He wants us to set aside time regularly to be quiet before him and to contemplate his greatness; to know and understand his love for us and his faithfulness to all who call on him.

“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.” (Psalm 24:1).  Amidst all the activity swirling around us, take time today to just be still before the Lord and let him speak to you. Make it a habit to set aside time regularly to be still before God.

Having begun as a guest speaker in 2005, Dan was appointed Interim Pastor in 2008 and has been serving Maple Root Baptist ever since. As a small group leader and Chaplin for the Connecticut Tigers, Dan has a heart for the lost and the God that saves them.

Dan Kinnaman

Pastor, Maple Root Baptist Church