Life is difficult. We run through life almost everyday. We run through the house getting ready for work, then we run to work trying not to be late. Then we run run run all day long trying to do work in our own power to show our bosses how good we are at what we do. From there we run home or to make dinner or grab some fast food, maybe run to the store or to an event before we head to bed and pass out. We run all day long and the whole time we’re running we’re running away from God. It may not be intentional but it is happening.
Psalm 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” In this Psalm we are reminded of both God’s love and his power. He reminds us in the preceding verses that there is no war or power too big for him and that we need only stop and be still for when he is with us none can be against.
When we are still, truly still, we are giving God room to work in our lives. Often times we are so busy that even if God were yelling at us we would probably not hear him or would even ignore him. This is not the life that God intends for us to live. He does not call us to be idle, nor does he call us to do everything in our own strength, instead he calls us to call upon him and work through him. Phil. 4:13 states that, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”
Martin Luther is quoted as saying, “I have so much to do that if I didn’t spend at least three hours a day in prayer I would never get it all done.” Whether this is a direct quote or not is unknown but it shows how important it is to slow down and to learn to work in God’s strength rather than our own.
It requires focus and practice, but when we slow down and learn to seek God first and to listen to his voice we will find that he is at work ahead of us and working to accomplish that which he needs us to do. God will use us in our walk, but he won’t chase after us in our run unless he had asked us to run with him.