Be still

Just sit down a while and rest a bit. 

Oh, not here; wherever you are and with your loved ones (or tolerated ones) during this lock down. 

The concept of sitting still is a repeated theme in Scripture, if you look for it. 

“Be still, and know that I am God;
I will be exalted among the nations,
I will be exalted in the earth!”
(Psalm 46:10, NKJV).

Elijah, as he listened for God, did not hear him in the noise of wind, earthquake, nor fire: but in the “still, small voice” (1 Kings 19:11-13).

Jesus took time to get away by himself and pray, maybe even to just breathe. 

One wouldn’t think God needed to rest, but He made it a point to institute the idea of resting as soon as He finished creating the world. 

“Thus the heavens and the earth, and all the host of them, were finished. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made” (Genesis 2:1-3).

Mandatory rest became a law when God issued the Ten Commandments to Moses (Exodus 20). Rest is obviously important.

Now we are engaged in a great war with an “invisible enemy” testing whether this nation — or any nation — so dedicated to busy-ness can long endure. 

Whether you have been put into a forced rest by sickness or by legislation or at the request of your state’s leaders, maybe we can use this time as God intended a “rest” to be. 

Get to know your children; really know them. Call your parents and grandparents, bring them supplies. Don’t forget other vulnerable people who don’t have children near by to do the same.

Read your Bible, meditate on God’s goodness while tending a garden. Listen to the birds and consider the lilies of the fields. Broaden your mind and grow in wisdom and knowledge and in favor with God and Man. 

This long Sabbath rest could be a good thing. If the Covid-19 takes us, it is still a good thing. 

“For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord’s” (Romans 14:8).

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