How to ‘be still and know’ that he is God.

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In today’s fast-paced world, the demands on professionals and students are immense. With constant deadlines, relentless schedules, and the ever-present pressure to succeed, finding a moment of peace can seem impossible. Amidst this chaos, Psalm 46:10 offers a profound message of hope and tranquillity: “Be still, and know that I am God.”

Psalm 46:10 is a divine invitation to pause and recognize the sovereignty of God. This verse, nestled in a psalm that celebrates God’s power and protection, reminds us that in the midst of turmoil and uncertainty, God remains unshaken and omnipotent. “Be still” isn’t merely about physical stillness but calls for deeper spiritual rest, a trust that transcends our understanding.

Embracing stillness in a hectic life

For busy professionals and students, the concept of being still can feel counterintuitive. How can one possibly stop when there’s so much to do? Yet, it is precisely in these moments of overwhelming busyness that stillness becomes most crucial. I remember studying for my Masters at Manchester University. I thought I could approach this degree with the same somewhat cavalier attitude I approached my undergraduate with. Very quickly I realised the workload was not the same. Before I knew it, I was falling behind and my to-do list was rapidly growing. I was falling behind and it felt like I never made it to the end of my to-do list. I was starting to burn out and I would always feel guilty because there was still work to do.

Constant activity without rest leads to burnout. Psalm 46:10 encourages us to take a step back, breathe, and centre ourselves in God’s presence. This act of pausing and reflecting on God’s power can significantly reduce stress and anxiety. By acknowledging that God is in control, we can release our burdens and find peace. When we rest and we are still, we allow our thoughts to settle and the fear and anxiety to dissipate and we rest in the knowledge that God is in full control.

Real productivity

Ironically, taking time to be still can enhance productivity. When we continuously push ourselves without breaks, our efficiency decreases. By incorporating moments of stillness and prayer into our daily routine, we refresh our minds and spirits. This spiritual rejuvenation leads to clearer thinking and better decision-making, ultimately making us more effective in our tasks.

In the rush of daily life, our spiritual well-being often takes a backseat. Psalm 46:10 serves as a reminder to reconnect with our Creator. Through prayer, meditation, and reflection, we can deepen our relationship with God. This connection provides a solid foundation, helping us navigate life’s challenges with divine guidance and strength.

Practical Ways to Live Out Psalm 46:10

Implementing the principles of Psalm 46:10 requires intentionality. Here are some practical steps for busy professionals and students to incorporate stillness into their lives:

1. Start the Day with Prayer and Meditation

Begin your day by setting aside a few minutes for prayer and meditation. This practice sets a positive tone for the day, grounding you in God’s presence and peace.

2. Schedule Breaks for Reflection

Throughout the day, schedule short breaks to pause and reflect. Use these moments to breathe deeply, pray, and remind yourself of God’s sovereignty.

3. Create a Peaceful Environment

Designate a quiet space for reflection and prayer. Whether it’s a corner of your room or a spot in a nearby park, having a dedicated place can help cultivate stillness.

4. Engage in Mindful Activities

Incorporate activities that promote mindfulness, such as journaling, reading Scripture, or walking in nature. These practices can help you stay present and attuned to God’s presence.

5. End the Day with Gratitude

Conclude your day by reflecting on God’s blessings. Expressing gratitude helps shift your focus from the day’s stresses to the positive aspects of your life, reinforcing your trust in God’s provision.

Psalm 46:10 offers a powerful reminder of the importance of stillness and trust in God, especially for those leading busy lives. Embracing this verse can transform our approach to daily challenges, providing peace, clarity, and a deeper connection with God. By making time to “be still and know” that He is God, we invite His presence into our lives, finding solace and strength in His unchanging nature.


  • M.T. Omoniyi

    Micheal Timilehin Omoniyi is an innovative, bold, dedicated leader and thinker. He is a serial entrepreneur and builder. In 2018, he was recognised by the Financial Times as one of the 100 most influential leaders in Tech in the UK as the Founder and CEO of The Common Sense Network, a UK Based News Network for and by millennials. He is the Founder and Director of Our God Given Mission, a missions based charity. He is also the founder of The Apex Group, a closed group for CEO’s and Founders where they share best practice. As well as founding several initiatives and organisations, Micheal consults for various charities and organisations.

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