Rest for the Soul

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

Go in any Christian bookstore and you will see the phrase “Be still and know that I am God” on everything from Bible covers, to coffee mugs, to pencils and wall hangings. This is something that we constantly need to be remind to do.

Be Still. Know. He is God.

Being still is not something that is encouraged in our society. In fact, just the opposite is the case. We are instructed to use our self-talk to spur us on, saying things to ourselves like, “come on! you can do it! don’t quit! a little further! push push push.” We push ourselves to the brink of exhaustion, not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, and spiritually.

God reminds us to be STILL. Stop. Trust. Be quiet. Rest.

Rest is not only for the benefit of our tired body, rest is necessary for our minds, our will, our emotions, and our soul.

In Psalms 131:2 David writes, “Surely I have composed and quieted my soul; like a weaned child rests against his mother, my soul is like a weaned child within me.”

This verse brings me back to a time when I was a small child, there was nothing that soothed my angst like being next to my mom or dad.  Their presence calmed me.

As an adult we can no longer curl up next to a parent to find that peace and calm, but we can lean on the Lord, we can call on His strength and let go of our control. We can trust in our God – who is always able and ready to take control of the things that are beyond our ability.

Be still. Rest. Quiet the noise of your thoughts and emotions, give them over to God so He can untangle your knotted feelings and restore your soul.

Today’s Thought: Recognizing when you need to rest your soul is important. Recognizing when someone else needs to rest their soul – and allowing that rest – is life giving.

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