Figuring Out How to ‘Be Still’ When There is so Much to do

Is it possible for you to just be still, despite all the things you must accomplish? Sandra explains the benefits.

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

“That is enough! Be still, stop striving!” Can you hear the Father say that to His children? Can you hear Him speaking gently to you?

The NASB Bible version of Psalm 46:10 says, “Cease striving and know that I am God. . .”

I would imagine we would all like to stop striving, stop being so busy, learn to be still inside, wouldn’t we? I know I am so tired.

Webster’s Dictionary defines striving as this:

1. to make great effort, to try very hard
2. to struggle against something

I am showing my age here; but I think of striving as an entertainer in one of the old Ed Sullivan shows who kept running in circles trying to keep all of the plates spinning on the poles.

For me, my striving is worrying. I worry about medical bills, my kids future, my future, at times I worry about fighting the bad pain. Sometimes my concern is to just get through the day.

But folks, what do we act like if it is a good day? Istrive to catch up on all that has fallen down undone around me! There is laundry, dishes, stuff to pick up. One day when my kids were little, I counted 12 Little Golden Books, 6 Christmas ornaments, dog treats spilled on the table, my baby daughter’s brush, hair bows, match box cars, and 4 onions. This was all on my dining room table–on Valentines Day!

Cease striving. Let it go. Fall back into the arms of God.

Be still. Be still and know that He is God. Learn to live in rest. A calmness of spirit reflects the beauty of the Lord to those around us.

Stop fighting, fretting, worrying, and learn to rest in the Lord.

“Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

Prayer: Father, I am so grateful that you are there for us when we fall. If we fall you will catch us. If we spin our wheels worrying, striving, and fretting, You can give us peace and rest. Father, I need peace. I need rest. I give you my heart and my soul. Amen.

About the Author:
Sandra (Sandy) Platt has been on the writing team for 7 years. She is a busy Minister’s wife and mother of two young adults. She has been married for 31 years, and in the Ministry for 26. She has wanted to write for as far back as she can remember. She has had Fibromyalgia for 24 years, and also has Lupus, Peripheral Neuropathy, and just in the past year has graduated to a wheelchair.

Share about a time where you were caught in a cycle of worry and striving. How did you reach a point where you asked God for help. How did you find your way to peace?

This song, “By Your Side” by Tenth Avenue North reminds us that we don’t have to strive so hard, we don’t have to earn God’s grace. Just as Sandra’s devotional explains, God is there and if we fall He will catch us. I hope it blesses you today. -Lisa

2 thoughts on “Figuring Out How to ‘Be Still’ When There is so Much to do

  1. Wonderful reminder! I think stillness is something we receive from God, not accomplish ourselves. In your article, you really hit the nail on the head on how we can ready ourselves to receive it! “stop striving, let it go, fall back” such innocuous things, but they require difficult action on our part! Thank you for this today!!

  2. This is a crucial topic for me right now. I admit that I’m totally in the middle of “striving” and haven’t yet been able to truly let go. I have been asking my God for help…

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