"The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.” Exodus 14:14 NIV
Some beautiful things happen when we are still. From a physiological standpoint, our blood pressure lowers, psychologically, our stress is reduced, and spiritually we become more in tune with the Holy Spirit. All very positive things for our total well-being.
The problem, of course, is it is difficult for us to be still. We often rush from here to there, checking off items one at a time from our endless to-do lists. Our minds and bodies constantly engaged in high gear with the "pedal to the metal," and our nerves stretched to the breaking point. The slightest thing going wrong can set us off when we are in this state. Is there any wonder at the increased incidents of violence around us? It seems the whole world is bent on running full throttle.
However, in Christ, we can find real peace. Not just spiritual peace, but rest for our bodies and minds as well. God loves us and cares for our total selves. He wants us to find peace and joy in his presence. He will fight our battles while we bask in the peace and tranquility of his refuge.
How can we find this stillness in God? It helps to begin each morning in his presence. Before we start making out our daily to-do list, stop and pick up the Bible. Spend a few minutes reading small passages -- when in doubt, turn to the Psalms -- then pause, reflect and reread the verses. During that period of reflection, offer our thanks to God and pray for direction. As our day starts getting crazy, when that person cuts us off in traffic, pause for just a second before reacting and recalling how we started the morning. Remember the peace we found in being still.
Lord, we give you thanks for fighting our battles. We confess that we allow ourselves to become overly busy, we try to do everything, and we suffer because of it. Forgive us for being overconfident in our abilities and neglecting your offer of assistance. Please help us to quiet ourselves and be still; allow us to find peace and tranquility in your presence. We pray this in the name of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen.