Written by: Tim Wood
Be still and know that I am God. (Psalm 46:10)
Be still literally means to slacken, to let go or to relax. Think of it this way: to take your hands off and rest. We like to be hands on people and attempt to manage everything in our lives which is impossible. There are numerous things that happen in our lives that we have no control over. Psalm 46 talks about natural disasters - the earth trembling, mountains quaking, things we have no control over. The Psalm talks about civic disturbances – nations raging and kingdoms tottering. Again, we have no control. The key to knowing God is in control is to be still, to let go and know God is in control.
Millions of people have prayed the Serenity Prayer. Most people only pray the shortened version which is, “God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change; courage to change the things I can: and the wisdom to know the difference.” Did you know that there are 8 more lines to this prayer? The rest of the Serenity prayer says, “Living one day at a time; enjoying one moment at a time; accepting hardships as the pathway to peace; taking, as He did, this sinful world as it is, not as I would have it; trusting that He will make all things right if I surrender to His will; that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next. Amen.”
God’s serenity floods my life when I day by day, moment by moment, surrender to His control. Every day is an opportunity for you to be still and know that God is in control. Make the decision today to take your hands off so God can put His hands on. The first step to serenity is to let go and know God is in control.