November 16, 2012 - Learning to Be Still
By Scott McChrystal
"Be still, and know that I am God" (Psalm 46:10, NIV).
Military training teaches us to be leaders of action — to set priorities, make rapid decisions, and execute plans decisively. Setting priorities and maintaining balance in all areas of responsibility is challenging. As finite human beings, we can't do this without God’s help.
Psalm 46:10 provides solid guidance. It commands us to know God. How? By being still. We must learn to be still if we are to know God better. This will require practice; from the time we're born, being still is not something we do naturally.
So how does this work? It begins by stopping what we are doing and giving God our full attention. Read a few Bible verses. Ask the Lord what they mean, and then listen to what the Holy Spirit speaks to your heart.
At first, this will seem very hard. Start with short segments of time — like five minutes. Before you know it, you’ll find yourself being still before God and hearing Him like you never have before.
— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 3.