Restless. Frustrated. Agitated. Anxious. Unsettled. Uneasy. Upset.
These words describe the feelings of many today who’re eager to return to some sense normalcy after “sheltering in place” for so long. Of course, they also may describe the apprehension of others who feel our government is reopening up too soon.
However, one thing that we can all agree on today. We miss being together on the Lord’s day. We long to see one another in person. To sing. To pray. To worship. Together. In-home and virtual worship services are an incomplete and unsatisfactory substitute.
As we continue to work our way through this current crisis, make responsible choices and walk in wisdom toward those who are not Christians, the counsel of the Psalmist is helpful.
Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!
The Lord of hosts is with us;
The God of Jacob is our refuge.
Being still is difficult. We like to be busy. On the go. Tackling projects. Making progress. And doing what we want to do.
However, being still here is more about an inner peace. An emotional calm. A spiritual contentment. It is tranquility of spirit and serenity of the soul.
Other versions translate “be still” as “stop striving.” “Calm down.” And “be quiet.” In other words don’t be distressed, disturbed or distraught. Don’t allow yourself to be troubled by the trials and troubles of life.
How is that possible in the midst of a crisis?
Because God is. God is with us. God is Supreme. God is our refuge.
So, be still. Be calm. Be confident. And channel your inner peace that surpasses all understanding. Pray for peace. Ponder the Psalms. Meditate on things that are virtuous and praiseworthy. Set your sights on things above.
I can absolutely assure you of this: “Brighter days are ahead.”
––Ken Weliever, The Preacherman