When God was planning to send His son to the earth did He have to choose such a busy time of year to arrive?
Reference: v.10a “Be still, and know that I am God.” (TNIV Bible)
Explore: Today someone signed off an email to me with the sentence, ‘I hope that you are surviving the silly season.’ Sure enough at the time of writing this devotion it is the middle of December. We call this the silly season as we are heading towards the end of the year and preparing for Christmas all at the same time. Really, when God was planning to send His son to the earth did He have to choose such a busy time of year to arrive? We already have so much going on!!! I’ve been out every night this week, had numerous lunches and am still getting asked whether I can squeeze in some extra work before the end of the year. In the last couple of weeks before Christmas it’s challenging to find the time to stop and relax.
Application: Psalm 46 was written before the first Christmas but it is certainly relevant to this time of year. It is in the lead up to Christmas that we should be focusing our thoughts and our time towards Christ and yet we have so many other things taking up our head space. It’s important that for just a moment we can ‘be still and know that God is God.’ In all the dinners and parties – God is God; in all the early starts and working late – God is God; and in all the busy shops and rushing around – God is God. Let’s not forget to be still and acknowledge God in this season.
Prayer: Lord, You always have time for us. May we make the sacrifice to put time aside to spend with you. Amen.
Spend some time now to be still and acknowledge God.
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.