What has you restless lately? Are you facing uncertainty at the office? Are you dealing with difficulty in your marriage? Are you struggling with your season of singleness? Do you find too much month left at the end of the money?
If you stroll into a bookstore, you’ll find a plethora of books in a section labeled “Self-Help”—books that promise to give you the cure to what is ailing your restless heart. But make no mistake; the self-help field is no help at all! That is why the message today is a word of holy help from on high and contains a prescription for going from restless to resting.
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)
The command to “be still” seems counterintuitive in the world we live in today, doesn’t it? It seems as though God did not know just how much would be going on in our lives when He gave us this divine imperative to simply be still and know Him. But infinite Wisdom knew everything about us and the lives we would be living . . . and He knew just how critical it would be for our restless hearts to rest in Him and be still if we are ever going to live the life we have been called to live.
In the words of St. Augustine, “God, you have made us for yourself, and our hearts are restless till they find their rest in you.” Often we remember the first half of the prescription—“Be still”—but forget about the last half: “and know that I am God.” The only answer to the vacuum in our restless hearts is in knowing God and growing in our personal relationship with Him. Knowing the Father through the cross-work of His Son, as applied to our hearts by the power of the Holy Spirit, is the cure for every ailment that causes our restlessness. As we both rest in and rehearse the Gospel truths in our lives, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds, the enlarging of our hearts, and the bending of our wills.
You have made known to me the path of life; you will fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasures at your right hand. (Psalm 16:11)
Think about looking at life through a camera lens. The more you move around, the blurrier the picture. We have all taken pictures like that and thought how nice the picture would have been if there was less movement. That is why some of the best photography in the world is done with the camera mounted on a tripod so as to keep it still. When we “be still” in God’s presence, our vision becomes clearer . . . which empowers us to keep moving in the direction God is calling us to go.
Our hearts were redeemed to beat for the things of God. We are to be pursuing God, serving God, and loving God. When God is at the center of our lives, we will know Him better and better with each passing day. The command to “be still” will be part of our daily living. And at this level of living, we will consistently move from restlessness to resting.
This is the Gospel. This is grace for your race. NEVER FORGET THAT . . . AMEN!