Stillness Amidst the Madness

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 (NIV)

If ever there were a Bible verse our warp-speed culture needed to embrace, it’s Psalm 46:10. With the constant barrage of information available to us through mobile technology and the media amidst the busyness of our lives, it can be difficult to “be still” and know that God is God.

Honestly, how often do we practice this verse?

Personally, I admit I had a difficult time fasting from social media during the three weeks leading up to Easter this year. Whenever I had a moment of downtime, my instinct was to reach for my phone and check my Facebook feed. Why was that?

Christian author John Eldridge illustrates the problem we all face in such a faced-paced world in one of his monthly newsletters. He writes: “The ongoing deluge of intriguing facts and commentary, scandal and crisis, genuinely important guidance, combined with the latest insider news from across the globe, and our friends’ personal lives, gives the soul a medicated feeling of awareness, connection, and meaning.” He continues: “What has become the normal daily consumption of input is numbing the soul with artificial meaning and purpose while in fact the soul grows thinner and thinner through neglect, forced by the very madness that passes for a progressive life. I am not scolding: I am tossing a lifeline.”

What Eldridge so accurately describes is our constant doing, striving, and connecting with everything and everyone around us, except God Himself. What I appreciated about his letter was that he didn’t try to offer a handful of “helpful” steps we can take to squeeze more into our overcrowded schedules. No; what we need is not to cram more in, but to carve more time out with Jesus.

I’m reminded of Psalm 23:2 (NIV), where David writes: “He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.” I hope as you read this, your weary soul cries out as mine does: “Yes! Jesus, lead me to this place of stillness and restoration with You.”

While it may seem counterproductive, oftentimes the best thing we can do is to hit pause on our lives and seek God in the stillness. When we do, He promises to pay us back with peace and rest for our souls (Matthew 11:28).

DIG: What are your thoughts on slowing down, unplugging, and being still? What do you think God would say if you sat still long enough for Him to speak?

DISCOVER: John Eldridge asked some great questions in his newsletter that you can reflect on and answer: “What are you going to do this year to save your soul from the madness that passes as ‘normal life’? How will you cultivate a life of beauty, goodness, and depth of soul? How will you send your roots deep down into the soil of God?”

DISPLAY: I challenge you to take time this week—even 15 minutes—to power off your devices, open God’s Word, and sit in complete silence. Listen for His voice. Ask Him to restore and renew you. If you do, I believe He will do just that.

About the Author

Rob Nieminen

Rob Nieminen is a seasoned writer and editor who has written devotionals for Calvary since 2015. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from Palm Beach Atlantic University in West Palm Beach, FL. He serves in the Worship Ministry at Calvary Boynton Beach and is an avid reader, an erratic golfer, and an aspiring photographer who loves to cook and spend time with his family.