Psalm 46:10 New International Version

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


Have you ever felt like there are not enough hours in the day to do everything you need to do? There’s always something that has to be done, whether it’s shopping for groceries, tasks at work, studies for school, cleaning the house, fixing things that are broken, taking care of kids, or literally hundreds of other things that take up our days. Sometimes the hardest thing to do is to slow down and to be still.


Why does God call us to slow down? Quite simply, being still refocuses our minds on Him. Luke 5:16 says that Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed. He modeled for us what it looks like to be still with God and place our trust in the Father. Knowing that He is God is acknowledging that He is in control and that you trust Him to take care of your needs. And that’s what it really comes down to. Trust.


In Matthew 26:6-13, a woman brought an expensive jar of perfume to Jesus and poured it on his feet. The disciples saw it to be a waste of money and that the perfume should have instead been sold and the money given to the poor. But Jesus said “why are you bothering this woman? She has done a beautiful thing to me. The poor you will always have with you, but you will not always have me.”


There will always be things that have to be done in our daily lives, just like there will always be the poor among us. But taking the time to be still with Jesus is the perfume that we can pour on His feet. He is worthy of our time. He is worthy of our worship and praise. He is worthy of our trust as we become still and truly know that He is God.


Scott Schneider