This last week I had to drive through Hampstead at a little after 5 PM. Traffic was incredibly busy. It was terrible and backed up three stop lights deep heading in to Hampstead. One driver near the Port City Java was half turned across one of the four lanes. His desire to get across the lane was going nowhere. No one in the side lane would move and let the driver cross. I was wondering why no one seemed to let that one car through especially when it would only take them just a moment. Why didn’t they seem to care?
It dawned on me, the problem was everyone was so busy trying to get to their destination that they weren’t thinking about those around them. If they are like me they probably had a dozen things preoccupying them. Those other drivers were not trying to be thoughtless or unconcerned. They were not trying to be rude to the other drivers around them. They were just preoccupied by their own business. That happens to all of us. We are all busy. We all have problems.
Work, looking for work, children, grandchildren, bills, election cycles, social obligations, recovering from sickness/surgery, and pretty much every part of our American culture promotes business and promotes the necessity to solve problems. If we are not careful then we can forget other people in our own busy work. What is the solution to the constant state of being busy?
Psalm 46 tells of a world that is filled with trouble and uncertainty. Nations rage, kingdoms totter, and the people of God feel troubled. This psalm is ancient and dates back to the sons of Korah during the time of Moses. The inscription at the beginning of the Psalm says that it is to be sung Alamoth. The Hebrew scholars translates that word to mean that it was to be sung by either a female or a male that could sing Soprano. Female and soprano harmonics generally have a calming nature. The song tells us that God is sovereign over everything no matter what is happening. In the midst of this calming song is a bold declaration.
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!”
This is not the author of the Psalm telling us to be still but God himself. God is telling us to be still. This is not a suggestion but a command. It is in the midst of business that we need to take a moment to know God. Stop your business. Stop what you are doing and reflect on knowing God.
As we reflect on the grace that we have experienced in knowing God then it transforms our attitudes. We become more gracious to others and we begin to care about their busy lives. As we focus on God we become less preoccupied with our business and begin to care for others. We begin to live out what Paul said to the Galatian church so long ago, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2). Maybe we yield and let someone cut across our lane as we choose to be still and know God.
Take some time to be still and know God today.
In Sincere Grace,
Pastor to Families and Children