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Choosing the Good Part

Be still and know that I am God; that I who made and gave thee life will lead thy faltering steps aright. I am thy God.
Psalm 46:10

Are you a multi-tasker? Do you juggle tasks and try to do two or more things at once? Me, too. Doesn't work very well, does it?

We are not alone in this. Chuck Swindoll, writes in his book Living the Proverbs “More and more people are experiencing a relentless inner churning, characterized by discontentment insecurity, instability, doubt, unrest, and uncertainty.”

Our God has a prescription for this condition in Psalm 46:10. Be still, and know that I am God.
Notice that it is written in the imperative voice.  It’s not a suggestion; it’s a directive, a command.

Be still:  Free from disturbance; not moving or in motion; silence, quiet. When Jesus calmed the storm, Quiet, be still, the wind died down and it was completely calm.

Know: grasp in the mind with clarity or certainty; regard as true beyond doubt. Grasping something in our mind requires purpose and concentration.

Rick Warren, the author of The Purpose Driven Life says that Be still and know that I am God means to sit down and shut up.  That’s how you hear God and get near to Him.  You have to sit alone and just be quiet with your Bible. He suggests that you ask, “God, is there anything you want to say to me?” Are we serious enough to ask that of our God?

 Are you reminded of Mary and Martha when Jesus was visiting in their home? You remember that Martha was busy-busy-busy while Mary sat down by Jesus. He lovingly spoke to Martha. “Martha, Martha, you are troubled about many things. Mary has chosen the good part which shall not be taken away from her.”(Luke 10:41-42)

The question is: Are we choosing the good part?


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